Coil Pottery Making 101

Coil Pottery Making 101

The foundation of ancient pottery making in the Anasazi or Mogollon traditions of the southwestern United States is the coil method. In this course we will briefly look at the history and traditions of coil pottery then we will jump right in hand building pots with the coil method. All of the techniques and secrets of coil pottery making are discussed while demonstrating how it is done with over two hours of up-close video of pottery being made, all broken down into bite-size lessons of 15 minutes or less. Students have the ability to submit photos of their work and get direct feedback from the instructor. This course will give you the skills and techniques to hand-build pottery in the manner of the prehistoric people of the Southwest, and an attractive certificate to prove it!

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making a coil pot

Master new pottery skills with each lesson

Our lessons are set up in informative and easily understood segments which will allow you to master new techniques quickly.

Costs a fraction of an in-person pottery class or workshop 

Most in-person classes cost hundreds of dollars but our video classes are just as educational and much more affordable.

Learn at a time and place convenient to you

Learn from home, while traveling, or anywhere else you have an internet connection and at any time of the day or night.

Watch videos of difficult techniques over again until you get it right

No more trying to remember what the instructor said or how they did a technique. Watch the video lessons over and over.

Personalized emails from the instructor will encourage you

You will receive encouraging emails from your instructor all through the class. Reply to these emails to get feedback and answers.

Learn the ancient art of pottery with convenient video lessons

If there is a better way to learn ancient pottery making techniques, we don’t know it. Learn from home in your underwear, does it get any easier than that?

coil pot being formed

Course Objectives

  • Learn about the cultural history of the coil pottery method in the American Southwest.
  • Become familiar with the standard tools used to create pottery using coil and scrape.
  • Master the various pinches and scraping techniques used to form pottery.
  • Identify two common methods to start a coil and scrape vessel.
  • Practice forming a vessel with these methods and get instructor feedback.
  • Learn the methods for smoothing the vessel walls after coiling.

After finishing this course you should have a good understanding of the coil method of hand-building pottery and be ready to make progress building vessels on your own using this method.

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I've been making primitive pottery since I was a teenager in the 80's. My work focuses on reproducing the polychrome pottery styles made in the American Southwest during thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. I have taught workshops and lectured at venues all over the Southwest. When I was learning to make pottery it was very hard to find the information I needed, so I created this website to make the technology of southwest pottery readily available to all.