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Clay Workshop Links Children With Ancient Art of Pottery

posted November 18, 1998

ClayChildren and their parents can learn about the history of pottery and make their own clay creations at the Hearst Museum's Family Day, Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For centuries, pottery has played a crucial part in the development of civilization. Pieces were created, by peoples all over the world, for food and water storage, cooking and creative expression.

Archeologists believe that clay was first used to line baskets to enable them to hold small grain seeds. It is thought that the accidental burning of a clay-lined basket led to the discovery of making and firing of pottery.

The "Working With Clay" Family Day is presented in conjunction with the museum's current exhibit of pottery made by the Kumeyaay, an Indian tribe that once lived in what is now western Imperial County, southern San Diego county and northern Baja California. Kumeyaay pottery reflects the wide-range of landscapes they inhabited -- desert, mountains and coastal.

With the Kumeyaay exhibit as inspiration, children 5 and older will use a variety of techniques -- including pinch, coil, paddle and anvil and slab constructions -- to create their own pottery. Clay and tools will be provided and parents are welcome to participate.

Admission for Family Day is $4 for adults and $2 for children. For information, call 642-3682.


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