How to make useful pottery with primitive tools and techniques

This course will teach the skills and techniques of digging and making pottery from primitive clay sources.


About 1500 years ago in North America people changed from a hunter/gather society to a more agricultural based civilization. This change in food gathering strategy ushered in the start of the "woodland period" of a more permanent living arrangement for Native Americans. This less mobile style of living open up the opportunity for the use of pottery as cooking and food storage vessel. Pottery as a rule does not travel well, it is heavy and easily broken. Pottery does make a superior cooking vessel, especially if you are planning on staying or returning to the same area for an extended periods of time. The culture of pottery developed with the conversion to agriculture as a new main food source.

During this class we will go over the strategy and methods of obtaining a good source of clay. We will learn where the best clay develops and how to determine the quality of clay sources. During the morning we will be digging some local clay to process into pottery. We will also cover the use of "temper" and how to manufacture a good temper for clay pots. After tempering our clay we will manufacture some clay vessels and go over the use of cordage wrapped wood patteling and coil made pottery. We will be producing and drying clay vessels on the first day; Then we will fire these pots overnight. Sunday will be pulling the pots from the ashes, and testing the results.

Only naturally occurring resources will be used in this class. If you plan on keeping a piece of pottery from the class, you should bring a small cardboard box to securely pack and store your finished piece.

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Auguest 29th & 30th , 2015
Primitive Pottery

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Price: $159.00
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