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Wildcrafting: Pottery with Native Red Clay - Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday, July 28th - Join Janice Smith, VMF's Education Coordinator, in this fun (and messy) hands-on workshop. Participants will grind and sift dry red clay dirt to learn the process of how the local Kumeyaay made red clay for pots. We will also discuss the geology of how the red dirt was created and how the Kumeyaay used it to make beautiful pots for cooking, storing water, and food.

Using clay that has been moistened and aged prior to the workshop, each participant will receive a ball of clay that can be shaped into a variety of clay projects including a pot, clay rattles, beads or animal figurines. Each participant will go home with instructions on how to fire their project if they choose to do so. Note that the finished projects will dry and harden and don’t need to be fired to enjoy them.

Wildcrafting is the age-old practice of collecting or harvesting plants from their natural habitat, or “wild” habitat, for food, medicine or craft.  It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they might be found and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas.  Ethical considerations and sustainable behaviors are practiced, such as protecting endangered species and avoiding potential depletion of commonly held resources. The practice of sustainable wildcrafting requires making a commitment to develop your knowledge and connection to the natural landscape, deepen your local sense of place, and take responsibility for its regeneration for future generations.


Date: Sunday, July 28, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Workshop Location:  VMF's Volcan Mountain Nature Center. Due to the gated entry for VMF's Volcan Mountain Nature Center (22850 Volcan Road, Julian, CA), please plan to arrive between 9:45 and 9:55.

Activity Fee: $25 per person.


Please bring a snack.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Click Here to Register and Pay no later than 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 27th.  REGISTER HERE!

Wildcrafting workshops are generally held every other month on the 4th Sunday of the month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Holidays might change the date of the workshops, so check for updates.  Class size is generally limited to 12 participants, but can change.

You may contact the VMF office with questions or for more information at 760-765-2300 or info@volcanmt.org. (VMF office is open Monday - Friday)

Visit the Volcan Mountain Foundation's website at www.VolcanMt.org for ongoing updates of events and activities on and around the Volcan Mountain Range.