05/11/2024 - 05/12/2024    
9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Catawba Meadows Living History Village
701 Sanford Drive, Morganton, NC, 28655

Learn to make a replica Native American clay vessel with Tammy BeaneTammy Beane

What: Tammy Beane

Explore Native American Pottery

Make your own replica pot.

When: May 11-12

Where: EJF Living History Village, Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton.

How Much: $100 per person (EJF Members) OR $115.00 per person (Non-Members)

How Many: 12 participants Max

All materials and tools are provided. Please bring your own lunch and beverages for the day.


Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visitors are welcome to observe.

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Learn to make a Native American clay vessel with Tammy Beane, renowned replicator of Southeastern Native American pottery. Using archaeological examples, Tammy Beane has studied and replicated the pottery of Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, and other indigenous southeastern peoples for more than 40 years.  She has conducted workshops across the country including with tribal craftspeople and she has produced replicas for many museums and other institutions.

Southeastern indigenous pottery is well-known for the complex paddle-stamped patterns found on many Woodland and Mississippian vessels.  This technique is unique to the southeast and Tammy Beane has been instrumental in helping to revive the tradition even among indigenous potters.

In this workshop, Tammy will present an overview of the more than 3000-year history of indigenous southeastern pottery and provide examples of several different southeastern ceramic traditions. Participants will learn about digging for clay, cleaning and tempering the clay, as well as making and firing a pot.

Participants will be able to make their own replica vessel using hand-carved paddles and other tools.  On Sunday, Tammy will conduct a pottery firing of her own pots while participants continue to complete their individual piece.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the rich pottery tradition of the first peoples of the southeast and visitors will be welcome to watch the activities.