Tuscarora Pottery School

From Ground to Fire

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From Ground to Fire

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 –
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Instructor: Terry Shepherd

This workshop is about exploring and discovering what useable clay deposits may lurk below the surface of Tuscarora, Nevada. What clay lies in wait we will find and make vessels in celebration of the age old methods used by mankind throughout the centuries!

We will prospect for native clay around the geology of Tuscarora. The first 3 days will be spent gathering and processing clay for use. Pulverizing, wet mixing, sieving and drying to a plastic consistency. Hand-building techniques including traditional coil, pinch, scrape and burnish as inspired by Navajo and Mata Ortiz traditions will be explored to make decorative vessels. Terra sigillata techniques of surface finish will be demonstrated. The work made will be pit fired with wood in both oxidation and reduction firing for black ware finish. 

Come prepared to work up a sweat and reap the rewards of making clay vessels in the most archetypal of methods since the beginning of time!!!

Tuition is $850 and includes room and board for 6 days, plus the arrival evening and departure morning.

Final payment and signed liability waiver due by June 16, 2022.

Cancellation by June 16, 2022.


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2022-07-06 to

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