Wild Clay & Ancient Technologies Workshop Registration below –
I am a potter & gardener & daughter of the greater St. Louis region. My entire life I’ve been intrigued by history and fascinated by the universe beneath my feet.
Several years ago, I had a booth at Art Outside – the Schlafly Art Fair, when I met Alleen Betzenhauser. Al is an Archaeologist, the Coordinator at the American Bottom Field Station, of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Her experience and knowledge is focused on the Late Woodland & Mississippian periods.
Al wanted to know more about making pots and was on a quest to find a specific clay. I wanted to hang with an archaeologist and soak up information.
That chance meeting launched an adventure focused on ‘late pre-Columbian potting practices in the American Bottom’. We’ve tromped through creeks, made a lot of pots (and mistakes), and (over the past two years) have learned so much.
Although I have been a potter and educator my whole adult life, this adventure has informed and challenged much of what I thought I knew about making pots. I now think differently about making pinch pots, preparing clay, rolling a coil, decorating, and of course firing. What we called ‘primitive pottery’ when I was a student is anything but.
We would love for you to join us in this project.
In April we are offering a hands-on workshop that meets 4 times; balancing studio and archaeology practices with a solid measure of history.
Learn about local / wild clay, traditional hand-building & decorating techniques, and fire your pots in an outdoor bonfire. We will begin by tromping through creeks to gather clay. In the studio we will process our materials, make, decorate and fire pots in an open bonfire.
No experience is necessary. Mondays – April 8, 15, 22 & 29. 6pm – 9pm
The workshop will be held at my Edwardsville Studio. (Map provided upon registration)
The cost is $175 for the entire workshop. Materials included.
Contact me (Susan Bostwick) at email@example.com OR register here:
Wild Clay & Ancient Technologies Workshop
Archaeologist Al Betzenhauser & artist Susan Bostwick will guide you through digging local clay, making pottery using traditional techniques and firing pots in an open pit. Mondays – April 8, 15, 22 & 29. 6pm – 9pm Dig & process local clay. Discuss temper & history. Make pots using traditional hand-building methods & tools. Burnish & experiment with decorative techniques. Fire the pottery in a shallow pit / bonfire. The workshop will be held at Susan’s Edwardsville Studio. (Map provided upon registration)