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BSWI Primitive Pottery Using Local Clay

June 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The ability to make one’s own vessels for food and drink is a useful craft that has been practiced by the early native people who lived on Sandy Lake hundreds of years ago.  Evidence of early pottery vessels show up on the shores of the lake even today. Natural clay found on the shores of Sandy Lake was used for many centuries by others living here long before us.  Students will be introduced to the basic techniques of throwing clay on the wheel and slab rolling to make functional ware, trimming, firing and glazing their own pieces using natural clay.  Sandy Lake clay will be harvested from the earth and used to throw some basic bowls or mugs.
What to bring: Wear old clothes and shoes. On the first day, bring rubber boots (or plan to go barefoot) to harvest clay.
Session 1.  Harvesting and conditioning Sandy Lake clay from the ground (waterproof rubber boots would be a good idea)
Session 2.  Wheel-thrown bowls and hand building techniques
Session 3.  Making mugs/cups
Session 4.  Making handles for mugs, trimming bowls and mugs (bisque fired when dry)
Session 5.  Glazing
Session 6.  Results and critique

Where:  Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island- meet at our dock landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN.  for a short pontoon ride to the island.  Please be on time for 1:30pm departure by pontoon for the island rain or shine, return trip at 4:00PM


June 6, 2018
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:
Aitkin County