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April 12, 2014 @ 9:00 am - April 26, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
“Ancient Native American Pottery Replication Workshop: Decorated Wares of the 1300s”
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center
Saturday & Sunday April 12 & 13, and Saturday April 26, 2014
“Ancient Native American Pottery Replication Workshop: Decorated Wares of the 1300s” with ceramist Andy Ward at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 2201 W. 44th Street, just west of La Cholla Blvd., ½-mile north of John F. Kennedy Park, Tucson.
9 a.m. to noon & 1-4 p.m. on first two days; 9 a.m. to noon on second Saturday. Fee $57 ($46 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members); each participant must provide a small water bowl , hand towel, & 2 plastic grocery bags; clay & all other class materials are provided
This workshop will focus on replicating the pottery types produced by Pueblo peoples in southern Arizona between AD 1270 and 1450. Some of this region’s most elaborately decorated and widely traded pottery types including those known as Tucson Polychrome, Gila Polychrome, and Tonto Polychrome were introduced by Ancestral Pueblo immigrants who came here from northern Arizona and southern Utah. Workshop participants will learn the history of these pottery types and experience the entire process of reproducing them including processing raw materials, and forming and decorating vessels, culminating in an authentic outdoor pottery firing. This exciting and fast paced workshop will take place over the course of one weekend during which the pots are created completely then left to dry, followed later by a Saturday morning in which we will fire all the pottery produced. Each participant will leave with a beautiful, authentic, finished reproduction of a prehistoric pot. Any participants who are unable to attend the later firing can arrange to have their pots fired and shipped to them (student pays for shipping).
Instructor Andy Ward is a diligent student of southwestern prehistory and archaeology who has worked with archaeologists to locate resources in field surveys and in excavations. He began working to reproduce prehistoric pottery while still in high school and has successfully recreated many of the prehistoric pottery types of southern Arizona.
Reservations required: 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.