Primitive Pottery Intensive

buckeyepots-1024x511Primitive ceramics have been dated as far back as 30,000 years in the archaeological records.  The oldest ceramic pottery has been dated to nearly 10,000 years and is often considered as one of the most significant technological developments in the establishment of the first human civilizations.

Pottery and the use of fired clay ceramics for cooking, storage and building facilitated a critical transition from the nomadic hunter-gatherer life way and social structure to an agrarian society.

In the Americas, the Anasazi or ancient Pueblo people were renowned for their beautiful earthenware with intricate painted designs.  This pottery intensive will be focusing heavily on Anasazi style pottery.

You will learn how to:


  • Process raw, natural material into a workable clay body
  • Find and process temper to prevent cracking and shrinkage in pottery
  • Hand form a pot, cup, or bowl using both the “pinching” and “coiling” method
  • Burnish clay for a smooth and shiny finish
  • Make primitive paint brushes to decorate and personalize your pottery
  • Paint your pots using mineral slips to add colors and contrast to designs

This is a full day primitive pottery intensive for the family in a beautiful, wild outdoor environment.
Children five years of age and under may attend free of charge with a registered adult.  Participants
who choose not to make a pot may attend for the base registration.  All pots require a $5 materials
fee (in addition to the base registration) and participants may choose to craft more than one pot, for
an additional $5 materials fee, if materials allow.


Class Date: Monday, May 25th, 2015 (9am – 4pm)

Location: La Canada-Flintridge (Los Angeles), CA

Early Bird Registration (ends May 18th): …… $45
Standard Registration ………………………………. $55
Materials Fee…………………………………………….. $5 (per pot)

*Additional details, including directions and what to bring, will be provided after sign up below.



Cancellation and Refund Policies

A great deal of staff time and expense is invested into the preparation and organization of individual classes. It is difficult and oftentimes impossible to recover costs and/or find a student to replace a cancelled registrant and so our cancellation and refund policies reflect this. Full refunds, minus $15 administrative fee for single day classes and a $30 admin fee for multi-day classes, are given to registrants who cancel with at least 7 days notice of the event. Cancellations made less than 7 days of the event forfeit a refund.


We understand that emergencies and unforeseen circumstances do happen.As such we offer the courtesy of transferring your fees to a different class within six months of the originally scheduled class minus the respective admin fee. For example, a single day $50 workshop cancelled the day before may be transferred to a multi-day $100 workshop the following month. The total balance due would be $60 ($100 multi day – $50 single day transfer + $10 single day admin fee). Cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled class start time and no-shows, forfeit the option of a fee transfer however a 20% off voucher may be given towards your next class of equal value.

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