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

This event is full.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact the Center.


September 16

Part I: Vessel Construction participants will learn how to construct a vessel by creating a semi-hemispherical base and coils, using a paddle and anvil, and burnishing techniques to finish.


September 23*

Part II: Vessel Firing 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. Your registration is complete only after you have received a confirmation email from SDAC.   You will be notified if the event is full and given the option to remain on the waiting list.  Ticket cancellations must be requested  by Saturday, September 9, 2017.  No partial refunds will be given.  To register for the event or for more information, please contact Public Archaeology Director Stephanie Sandoval at  or at (760) 291-0370.

Tickets include Part I and II:

Members / Students $50

General Admission $60

*Workshop dates are subject to change due to wildfire season restrictions.