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Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Presents Traditional Pottery Making Workshop
This series of seven pottery-making class sessions is offered by pottery craftsman Andy Ward. By taking this hands-on workshop you can learn about prehistoric life ways through the study and practice of techniques for making and using artifacts.
Gourd scrapers, mineral paints, and yucca brushes can be used to produce pottery today just as they have for centuries. Instead of modern potters’ wheels, molds, and paints, these ancient tools are still used by Native Americans to maintain the “spirit” of the traditional pottery.
Learn to make traditional Indian pottery the way it has been made here in the Southwest for over 2,000 years. Dig your own clay. Then hand-make your own pots, seed bowls, canteens, corrugated ware, ladles, and rattles using the coil-and-scrape method.
- 21 total class hours: six 3-hr in-class sessions + 1 fieldtrip to dig your own clay!
- All other materials and equipment provided
- Southwestern pottery history: Pueblo, Mogollon, and Hohokam
- Initial steps in forming: coiling, shaping & smoothing
- Finishing by scraping, polishing, slipping & painting
- Making corrugated ware
- Demonstration of paddle & anvil method
2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday afternoon, October 12-November 23, 2014 at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 2201 W. 44th St., Tucson
$79 ($63.20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members) Class fee includes all materials except clay, which participants will collect during class field trip.
Old Pueblo’s ancient technology workshops are designed to help modern people understand how early Native Americans made and used tools, and are not intended to train people how to make crafts for sale.
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