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By the end of this two-session class, you’ll have turned a handful of dirt you dug out of the ground into a pristine piece of pottery. During the first session, we will explore local riverbanks and dig out some clay, then go over various shaping techniques so that you can make a medium-sized pot. For the second session, you’ll get a chance to fire your pot, bowl, or whatever you choose to make (fine art, maybe?) and transform it using the heat of a campfire into a finished piece of stoneware.

In this class, you will learn:

  • Where to find and how to process clay

  • Basic pottery techniques including pinching, coiling, and paddling

  • Burnishing and finishing

  • How to fire pottery in a campfire

  • And more!

There are no kilns here, no pottery wheels or any special tools. Just your hands and some dirt. This class should take the mystique out of pottery and make it more approachable for you. The learning curve here is a lot lower than you think, so if you’ve ever been curious about pottery but been scared by the cost of entry, come join us!

Details & Registration – Primitive Pottery

  • Sunday April 23rd and 30th, 2023

  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm both days

  • Ages: 16+ (Mature 12+ welcome with parent/guardian)

  • North Rivanna Trail, Charlottesville

  • $100 ($50/day)

  • Participants need to bring: Clothes that can get messy, lunch.

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