August 10-16 2003
INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS COURSE
To be held during the week of the 2003 Pecos Archaeological Conference in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.
No previous pottery experience required.
one-of-a-kind combination course with Gregory S. Wood and Julian Hernandez focuses on
both Mesa Verde Black on white and Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes styles
of pottery making.
The Mesa Verde segment utilizes ONLY native materials and a
prehistoric approach to pottery making. It covers replication of a Pueblo III Mesa Verde
Black on white organically painted pottery mug. Participants will hand form, burnish,
and trench kiln fire using only prehistoric
methods (also see Anasazi Pottery at Mesa Verde 2002).
The Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes segment focuses on the ancient pottery of the Casas Grandes region of
northern Mexico as a basis for contemporary
pottery production. Participants will gain insight
into the fundamentals of
craftsmanship, design and technology that are required in creating and firing Casas
Grandes/Mata Ortiz style pottery*.
Participants will meet at a motel in
Deming, New Mexico for an evening orientation meeting and then car caravan 3
hours south to
Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico the following morning. Our group will be met at the border
by instructor Julian Hernandez and then be escorted to Nuevo Casas
*For greater understanding this workshop is designed as a study of both
pottery and culture. It will be a hands-on exploration to compare and contrast
the similarities and differences between prehistoric Mesa Verde and Casas
Enrollment: Limited to 20 students.
Fee: $ US Dollars.
Deposit: must include signed registration form.
Includes: All materials, firings, field school instruction and field trips to
Mata Ortiz pottery village (the home of world famous potter
Juan Quezada), native clay sites, Paquime Archaeological Area,
other points of interest, and the Museo de las Culturas Norte
(Museum of the Northern Cultures). Also includes a custom workshop T-shirt for each
Instruction is in English and Spanish. Meals and
lodging are not included. Register
and book lodging early as hotels will fill up fast for the Pecos Conference!
Border Compliance and
Lodging information click here