Experimental Archaeology: Traditional Pottery Making with Kurt McLean

When: Saturdays, September 16 and 23, 10 AM to 2 PM
Location: San Diego Archaeological Center


In Part I of the two-part workshop, participants will learn how to construct a vessel by creating a semi-hemispherical base, coils, and using a paddle and anvil, and burnishing techniques to finish.

Part II of the workshop will consist of firing the created vessels in an open pit.  Participants will be able to keep their vessel, paddle, and anvil at the end of the workshop.

Kurt McLean was fortunate to have learned the paddle and anvil pottery-making method in the late 90s in the Pa’Ipai community of Santa Catarina with traditional master-potters Josefina Ochute (deceased) and Daria Mariscal. Kurt is an archaeologist with 18 years of professional experience, working primarily in Southern California.

Space is limited to 25 participants and you must register in advance. Book your ticket now to guarantee your spot. To register for the event or for more information, please contact Public Archaeology Director Stephanie Sandoval at sjsandoval@sandiegoarchaeology.org  or at (760) 291-0370.

Tickets include Part I and II:


$50 (students and SDAC members)

Note: Workshop dates are subject to change due to wildfire season restrictions.