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Mesa Verde Mug: Ceramic Workshop
September 26-28, 2008
(Registration closed)

No other Mesa Verde ceramic tradition captures the uniqueness of the Mesa Verde like the Mesa Verde mug. 
The workshop will include lectures, hands-on learning, mug graphic design, and traditional firing techniques. Each participant will build a replica Mesa Verde mug, or mugs if time permits.

During this workshop Paul Ermigiotti and Gregory Wood will lecture and provide instruction on the entire process of making your own ceramic mug. From preparing the clay to firing a vessel, students will learn the entire process of constructing vessels from start to finish. Using prehistoric techniques, participants will design their own Mesa Verde Black on White mug while learning the importance and significance of ceramics in the prehistoric record.

No pottery experience is required for this workshop - just an interest in learning about the history of the Mesa Verde mug and how they were made. 
 Workshop Only  $495.00
 Workshop and Double Occupancy Lodging  $675.00
 Workshop and Single Occupancy Lodging  $775.00

This workshop is sponsored by the Mesa Verde Institute at Mesa Verde National Park
Registration for this course can only be made through the Mesa Verde Institute.
Workshop questions? Contact Gregory Wood at info@AncientArts.Org 

For registration information click the following  link to be transferred to the Mesa Verde Institute website.

Sept 26
 Schedule 2008
9:00 am Check in
10:00 am Greetings and Introductions:
Class introductions (purpose, schedule, talk about materials, archeological research, replication and relevance)
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Grind and mix clay, make paint
2:00 pm Making a Mug: demonstration by leaders, followed by participants beginning to build vessel, adding handles, finishing and shaping
6:00 pm Dinner
Sept 27
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Slip and polish mug
Yucca brushes, paint (maybe a quick trip to Chapin Mesa Museum to look at vessels and designs)
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Intro to designs, paint mugs
6:00 pm Dinner
Sept 28
 (Sunday schedule subject to change due to fire restrictions in the park)
6:30 am Start prefire
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Load kiln, fire, smothering
Noon Lunch
1:30 pm Ranger guided tour of Mug House on Wetherill Mesa
4:30 pm Return to kiln, uncover, unload, questions, wrap-up

The firing process will be taught, but the schedule may change due to potential fire restrictions.

Paul Ermigiotti, a former Ranger at Mesa Verde and long-time educator at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center will lead the instructional team with assistance from Gregory Wood of Ancient Arts

Instructional materials will include a hands-on lecture on the history and significance of the Mesa Verde and how it developed through time. This will be done via multi media as well as by using replicas and possibly original specimens. Pigments and clays will be gathered in advance and tools will be provided by the instructors.


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