Wild Clay & Ancient Technologies Workshop – a 4 session workshop in April
A thousand years ago – the St. Louis region was home to the largest city in North America, Cahokia. The people who lived here – the Mississippians – built earthen mounds, made finely crafted objects of stone, shell & copper and were prolific potters. Join archaeologist Al Betzenhauser & ceramicist Susan Bostwick for an adventure in pottery-making inspired by these remarkable people. This interdisciplinary workshop brings scientific practices into the studio environment to encourage creative problem solving. While discussing the history of these cultures; we will identify and dig local clay, incorporate appropriate tempers, make pottery using traditional hand-building techniques, experiment with decorating techniques & fire pots in an open pit. Your focus might be large delicate cooking pots, elegant effigy bowls, or forms of your own design. * Sunday, April 5, 1 – 4 pm, Dig & process local clay. Discuss temper & history. * Monday, April 13, 6 – 9 pm, Make pots using traditional hand-building methods & tools. * Monday, April 20, 6 – 9 pm, Burnish & experiment with decorative techniques. * Sunday, April 26, 1 – 4 pm, Fire the pottery in a shallow pit / bonfire. Workshop fee $175. Limited to 10 The workshop will be held at Susan’s pottery studio in Edwardsville. (Map provided upon registration) You will need to bring a small bucket & digging tool (garden trowel or small shovel).
Wild Clay & Ancient Technologies – 3 sessions
If digging for clay is not your cup of tea (or if you are able to participate in only 3 of the 4 sessions) consider this option.