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mexico pottery workshops and trips

updated sat 7 jul 07


Eric Mindling on fri 6 jul 07

Dear Potters and clay junkies,

I invite you to travel with us into the Mexican backcactus to dip your hands in the mud and get a taste of the immense diversity in pottery that exists in rural Mexico. We know the potters of this land better than anyone on the map. Below are our offerings for this winter.

Eric Mindling/Head Honcho

Oaxacan Clay Workshop. Jan
26-Feb 3, 2008. Making pots the ancient Zapotec way. Hand build,
clay prep, burnish, surface fire as well as cultural immersion in Zapotec
household. Visits to other pottery villages, pre-Colombian ruins, tasty food.

Potters of Michoacan. Feb 9-18th; Feb 23-March
3, 2008. An adventure through the beautiful highlands of Michoacan. Five-foot tall
vases, slip and burnish decoration, bizarre dreamlike figurative work,
lead-free lowfire glaze work, colonial towns, markets, indigenous culture.

The Great
Masters of Tonala: Polychrome and Burnish. March 8-15, 2008. A goldmine town of nationally recognized
master potters. Ornate surface decoration with oxide slips, mica burnish, low,
mid and highfire glaze work. One-day hands-on slip/burnish workshop, visits
with 8 master potters.

The Mata
Ortiz Pottery Workshop. March 29-April 6th.
Based in Mata Ortiz, Chihuhua with Michael Wisner and Jorge Quintana. Hand
building, low fire traditional firings, tool making, coiling, slip decoration,
burnishing, kiln building, visits to village potters and clay digs in the
mountains around Mata Ortiz.

Traditions Mexico Hands On Tours
Oaxaca, Mexico