Wild Clay 101

Wild Clay 101

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Knowing how to find and process wild is a hard thing to learn without a teacher. I am contacted by people frequently about this so I know it’s a serious problem especially for those just getting started. In this course I will explain what clay is, how it is formed and what different types of clay deposits are out there. Then I will take you out into the field around the American Southwest to look at over 20 different natural clay beds. This is the kind of help that you need when starting out but is hard to find, seeing clay and being taught what to look for and how to tell if it is good. I will then cover how to process wild clay to make it usable for hand-building or throwing. When you are done with this course you will know how to locate and process native clay like a pro anywhere in the world.

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testing natural clay for plasticity

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?

a freshly processed block of found clay

Course Objective

  • What is clay
  • About the different types of clay
  • What tools are available to help locate clay
  • To identify native clay in the field
  • How to test wild clays 
  • Different ways to process clay
  • What temper is
  • Some materials commonly used for temper
  • Problem minerals to avoid
  • How to process temper
natural clay being dug from the ground

After finishing this course you will be qualified to locate natural clay and process it into a workable material practically anywhere in the world.


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.