Andy Ward
traditional SW pottery

Pottery Replication Workshop: Decorated Wares of the 1300s

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This workshop will focus on replicating the pottery types produced by Pueblo peoples in southern Arizona between AD 1270 and 1450. Some of this region’s most elaborately decorated and widely traded pottery types including those known as Tucson Polychrome, Gila Polychrome, and Tonto Polychrome were introduced by Ancestral Pueblo immigrants who came here from northern Arizona and southern Utah. Workshop participants will learn the history of these pottery types and experience the entire process of reproducing them including processing raw materials, and forming and decorating vessels, culminating in an authentic outdoor pottery firing. This exciting and fast paced workshop will take place over the course of one weekend during which the pots are created completely then left to dry, followed later by a Saturday morning in which we will fire all the pottery produced. Each participant will leave with a beautiful, authentic, finished reproduction of a prehistoric pot. Any participants who are unable to attend the later firing can arrange to have their pots fired and shipped to them (student pays for shipping).

Each participant must provide a small water bowl, hand towel, & 2 plastic grocery bags; clay & all other class materials are provided

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon & 1-4 p.m. on first two days, April 12 and 13, 2014; 9 a.m. to noon on second Saturday, April 26, 2014.

WHERE: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 2201 W. 44th Street, just west of La Cholla Blvd., ½-mile north of John F. Kennedy Park, Tucson, Arizona.

FEE: $57 ($46 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members)

Reservations required: 520-798-1201 or

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About Andy Ward

I am an independent researcher, writer and artist interested in all things Southwestern. Southeast Arizona is my home and area of primary interest.

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