Wild Clay & Ancient Technologies Workshop – a 4 session workshop in April. Cancelled, sadly due to COVID-19

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. * Monday, April 6, 6 – 9 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. * Monday, April 27, 6 – 9 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.


For the full story on our collaboration visit this Art St. Louis blog:
Many thanks to Carmen Alana Tibbets.
“Wild Clay”


6 thoughts on “

  1. So great meeting you today! What a small world w/North County roots & Burroughs & art connections! I’ll check out your window at the new guild! Who knew? That I’d run into an artist on my first solo Artists date with myself!
    Don’t forget to check out Process Painting and the cgjungstl.org!
    Julie Schulte

  2. Hi Susan! I took your classes at jacoby a few years back and worked with you at your studio for awhile! Hope everything is well!! I was wondering if you know of any places still doing ceramic classes or a studio membership type deal. I heard jacoby isn’t doing it anymore and I’m missing the clay!! Thanks!!

  3. Hi Susan.

    I took several classes with you in the early 90’s atSIUE.

    Our oldest daughter passed recently. We are looking for a vessel to hold her ashes. Is there a place that would have your work on sale?

    Lisa Stelling Jokisch

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