The foundation of ancient pottery making in the Anasazi or Mogollon traditions of the southwestern United States is the coil-and-scrape method. In this course briefly look at the history and traditions of the process then we will jump right in hand building pots with the coil and scrape method. All of the techniques and secrets of coil-and-scrape 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!
- Learn about the cultural history of the coil and scrape technique 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.