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Our 25th workshop year at Chimney Rock!

Explore this hidden gem of Southwestern Colorado and one of our nation's NEWEST National Monuments. Experience the timeless legacy of ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) pottery...

Anasazi Pottery at Chimney Rock National Monument:    

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This course is one in a series of unique En Pleine Aire Pottery™  (outdoor pottery)  workshops with Gregory Wood. It is held at breathtaking Chimney Rock National Monument a remote ancestral Pueblo Chacoan outlier ruin complex located between Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. An abbreviated version of our week long seminar, this informative, quick paced and fun filled introductory workshop covers replication of regional ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) Black on white pottery. Participants will hand form, burnish, yucca brush decorate and trench kiln fire on-site using only prehistoric methods*. Participants will gain an understanding of the culture and the fundamentals of craftsmanship, design and prehistoric technology that are required in creating and firing ancestral Puebloan pottery. To find out more about what we did at previous workshops visit the following links: Durango Herald,

mug_painting1.jpg (42429 bytes)This is so much more than a pottery making workshop. The rich archaeological heritage of this area provides an interesting laboratory within which to examine what we know about the past and gives us insights into how people lived, adapted to their surroundings, and changed through time. The workshop will culminate with an on-site group trench kiln firing, conditions permitting.** 
Instruction in English and Spanish 

All pottery tools and materials will be provided.

ED 589 College Credit:  
Note to Teachers*
The interdisciplinary nature of this course will enable K-12 teachers to develop meaningful standards based lesson plans. Through authentic experiences and inquiry-based projects, teachers will learn to make relevant connections between art, archaeology, science, cultural content and their own classroom curriculum.

Camping is not allowed at Chimney Rock National Monument but is available at several nearby campgrounds. Motel lodging is available in nearby Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colorado. For Lodging and Camping information contact:
Enrollment: Limited to 18 participants.

What do former students say about this workshop?

Open to all skill levels. No previous pottery experience required.

 Includes: Instruction, all materials, firing and group archaeological ruins tour.

Registration Form:
Chimney Rock National Monument is located about 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 43 miles east of Durango, Colorado. Take U.S. 160 west from Pagosa Springs or east from Durango to Colorado Highway 151 and turn south. The entrance is 3 miles down Hwy 151 on the right. Visit for further information on Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.

On August 1, 2001 we conducted what was quite possibly the 
first pottery firing at Chimney Rock in over 900 Years!

View from the upper ruins at Chimney Rock National Monument

Looking south toward Chaco Canyon from the upper ruins of Chimney Rock


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