Learn about the mud volcanoes- what they are, how they got to be. Learn how to use the mud as clay to create something. Then learn the ancient art of pit firing pottery.

Join Jan Whalen on a journey to an ancient mud volcano to gather some clay from the bowels of the earth, and create a vessel or object from that and also store-bought clay. Then, discover the wonders of fire pit pottery firing. Dig a pit, and build up a mound of pottery, saw dust, leaves, newspapers, and wood. Enjoy the fire with some marshmallows and watch it burn down as it processes your pottery. The next day, unbury the treasures and hope the ancient process has been merciful. This experimental and ancient process is fun and unpredictable as far as results but promises to be a great experience.

On Saturday, August 26 the class will travel to the Tolsona Mud Volcanos at mile 173 of the Glenn Highway and will hike 2.5 miles round-trip to the mud volcanoes to gather clay. Hands-on clay demo and workshop will be held at the PWSC Art Studio on August 27 from 1-5 p.m. Two additional clay building sessions will occur on Monday and Tuesday (August 28 and 29) from 6-8:30 p.m. Pit firing session will be held on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Unloading of the fire pit and clean up will occur on Sunday, September 17 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

$250 to register. 18+ age restriction. Contact Wendy Goldstein at 834-1689 for more information. To register for this class call PWSC at 834-1600, or register online.

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