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Native American Style Pottery
Desert Institute Cultural History Course


Don’t miss this special opportunity to make a Native American olla, the traditional pottery of the indigenous peoples of Joshua Tree National Park! Tony Soares, artist and potter, learned the fundamentals of pottery from his grandmother at age seven and started a journey to revive the fading art of olla making. He is now one of the only potters in Southern California who knows the ancient process of creating traditional Native American ollas. Soares will demonstrate his skills and guide participants in the process of creating their own olla using hand dug and processed clay. Participants will see traditional designs used on prehistoric ollas from this region and paint designs on their pots with authentic pigments. This two-day field class is spread over two weekends to allow the pottery to dry before the traditional pit firing (providing low fire danger and weather permitting). All materials are provided.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, this field class meets at the Black Rock Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 on Saturday, November 13, 10 am – 3 pm and Saturday, November 20, 9 am – 2 pm. The cost is $110 ($100 for JTNPA/PINE members) plus a material fee of $50. For brochure, information and registration call (760) 367-5535 or visit

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