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The Clay Technology Lab is a research group led by Dr. Melissa Chatfield that explores the various dimensions of clay performance as perceived by artists, artisans, technicians, and scientists. This research examines, first hand, all stages of the operational sequence using field clays and period-specific materials.

Spring 2010 Workshop Info

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Firing Schedule:

When: Friday, May 28, 2010
8:30- 3:00pm, Removal of pots on Saturday May 29 at 10:00
Where: Field Conservation Lab, Stanford Campus
What: Trench kiln firing of Anasazi replicas made from Arizona field clay (end of Replication Event #3)
When: Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
10:30-1:30 pm, Removal of pots at 5pm
Where: Gym Dig Site, Stanford Campus
What: Alpaca dung-firing of Inca pottery replicas made from Cuzco field clay (end of Replication Event #2)
When: Weekdays, Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26-30, 2009
2-6 pm
Where: Patio in front of the Archaeology Center (Bldg 500), Stanford Campus
What: Hand-building Inca pottery as part of Replication Event #2
When: Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
10:30 am-1:30 pm, Removal of pots at 5pm
Where: Gym Dig Site, Stanford Campus
What: Practice firing using Alpaca dung. Beginning of Replication Event #2
When: Saturday/Sunday, Aug. 29-30, 2009
10 am to 2 pm (next day)
Where: Bolinas, California
What: Northern California Experimental Firing Group is holding their annual firing in their Romano-British replica kiln (Stanley II). Ignition is at high noon on Saturday, while pot removal begins at high noon on Sunday. Contact me for details.
When: Saturday, May 16, 2009
9 am-2 pm
Where: Gym Dig Site, Stanford Campus
What: Pit Firing of Neolithic pottery replicas (end of Replication Event #1)
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 and Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 and Friday, May 1, 2009
Tuesday, May 4, 2009 and Friday, May 8, 2009
Where: Deck behind the Ceramics Studio in Elliot Program Center, Stanford Campus
What: Hand-building Neolithic cook pots as part of Replication Event #1
When: Saturday, April 18, 2009
9 am-2pm
Where: Gym Dig Site, Stanford Campus
What: Practice firing of test pots in pit. Beginning of Replication Event #1