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Primitive Pottery

We begin with learning to find, evaluate and modify clay wherever you are. We then learn the various modeling techniques to create your own vessels and fire them in a primitive wood kiln.

The Primitive Pottery Experience

Making the Primitive Pot

Primitive Pottery Tools

Primitive Pottery Tools

Natural materials used in primitive pottery

Primitive Pottery Tools

Primitive Pottery Tools

Primitive wood paddles with cordage, designs and corn cobs

Coiling Clay

Coiling Clay

Clay coils are the starting point

Building the Sides

Building the Sides

Pot sides are slowly built by adding coils

Smoothing the Sides

Smoothing the Sides

The sides are gently smoothed

Forming the Bottom

Forming the Bottom

Coils are added to form the bottom

Burnished and Smoothed

Burnished and Smoothed

Final smoothing and burnishing are completed

Completed Pot

Completed Pot

Final touch-ups complete the vessel

Drying Pots

Drying Pots

Completed Primitive Pots

Drying and Firing

Pre-firing and Drying

Pre-firing and Drying

Pottery is is pre-fired to remove moisture from the clay

Primitive Kiln

Primitive Kiln

Pots are positioned in the kiln for firing

Primitive Kiln Wood Stack

Primitive Kiln Wood Stack

The kiln has been organized and fire is introduced.

Slow Flames on the Primitive Kiln

Slow Flames on the Primitive Kiln

Fire is slowly introduced to the kiln

Kiln Firing

Kiln Firing

The kiln slowly bakes the pottery inside

Inside the Coals

Inside the Coals

A pot glows in the kiln coals

Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

After the fire, pottery cooling in the ashes

A Masterpiece is Born

A Masterpiece is Born