Mary Giardina: Adobe Building / Mud Immersion


Mary Giardina: Adobe Building / Mud Immersion

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WHEN: Monday July 15 th – Friday July 19 th 9am – 2pm

WHERE: Wild Crafted Clay Pottery Studio, Cliff, NM (30 miles west of Silver City)

COST: $350 for FIVE days

WHAT TO BRING: Sack lunch, water, sunscreen, snacks, gloves, hat!

**Tools and building materials will all be provided

**Directions and transportation from Silver City to/from Cliff, tbd after registration for the workshop.

Mary Giardina has decades of experience working with clay, mud, and adobe which has led to an understanding of the many aspects of this medium.  Her home and pottery studio are located in Cliff, NM, on a mesa top that once was the habitat of Mimbreno potters and is within walking distance to the majestic Gila River and the Woodrow Ruins.  Mary combines the awareness of form, color, native plants and function to create decorative, utilitarian pottery.  Gary Snyder wrote that,” Wildness is the state of complete awareness” and the name “Wild Crafted Clay” is a reminder to practice awareness when working with clay.  Clay is a substance that is mutable, versatile and life giving.  Building with and living in structures made from adobe is an inspired attribute of past and present cultures.


 Explore the fundamentals, the versatility, and Southwest traditions of building with Adobe

 Learn about traditional adobe building techniques, using materials indigenous to the local region

 Experience poured mud and learn Adobe mixture techniques

 Make wild-crafted Adobe bricks and a clay pinch pot

 Take a guided walk along the Gila River, up to the Woodrow Ruins, learning about local Gila clay

and native flora/fauna

 Be prepared to work with mud and clay!

CANCELLATION POLICY: for all cancellations there will be a 75% refund only. No refund for cancellations made 14 or less days prior to this workshop.