Paipai Pottery Workshop April 14-19, 2019

with Daria Mariscal, Paipai tribal member and Native Master Potter of Santa Catarina, B.C., Mexico

5-day Workshop 2019
Tuesday  |  3:30 pm Carpool from La Mesa, meet at U.S.–Tecate border, park in secure lot
Sunday  |  Return to U.S.–Tecate border by 3:30 pm

Cost: $945*
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Paipai Native Pottery and Indigenous Ceramic Traditions

Join us for 5 days as Daria shares this ancient craft. This workshop is great for artists, non-artists, and families.

Daria Mariscal, Paipai Indian Pottery, Indigenous Ceramic Traditions

We invite you to a special pottery workshop with Daria Mariscal, Paipai tribal member and Native Master Potter of Santa Catarina, B.C., Mexico. The Paipai are the only native people in Baja California who still produce pottery in the traditional way, without the use of a potter’s wheel or kiln.

Daria produces beautiful and functional works of art that help sustain her people. Through her labor and dedication young tribal members learn their culture and history. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and teaching these skills to others.

During this memorable week, you’ll learn native pottery techniques, visit the Paipai Reservation and Museum at Santa Catarina, B.C., learn how to process natural clay, make your own hand-built pottery, enjoy horseback riding, hiking, a tequila tasting, join us for winery tour, and savor healthy and delicious homemade Mexican food!

*Cost Includes:
5 days professional workshop instruction, production of 4-5 pot/objects to take home, day trip to Santa Catarina to visit Daria’s studio and Piapia Museum, visit to local Ensenada taquilaria, 5 nights lodging and all meals at Rancho La Bellota and a picnic lunch, horseback riding, all transportation in Mexico, and winery tour in Valle de Guadalupe. Optional wine purchases are paid on your own. Workshop size is limited to 8 guests to provide individual attention and instruction. (SEE FULL ITINERARY)

The Process:
To produce Paipai clay vessels, native clay is dug from natural deposits on their reservation land. The pots, or “ollas”, are created by hand using traditional coil methods, made strong and durable with the “paddle and anvil” method. When nearly dry, they are burnished with a smooth stone that compresses, strengthens, and smoothes the surface to a satin finish.

With minimal processing, this native clay can withstand the thermal shock of a traditional pit firing which uses cow dung or yucca stalks as fuel. Hot spots and uneven pit temperatures during the firing process create unique flame patterns on the ceramic surface, a hallmark of traditional native pottery.


Paipai Indian Pottery, Indigenous Ceramic Traditions

Daria Marshal with clay pottery

Daria Marshal with students digging out pit-fired pots

Clay pot artifacts, part of the Santa Catarina Museum