Cultural History Center to host indigenous clay workshop

Courtesy CultureWorks

CultureWorks and the Outdoor Discovery Center are partnering to host an indigenous clay workshop.

Workshops will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, at the Outdoor Discovery Center’s Cultural History Center, 5675 142nd Ave. in Holland.

The two-day event — with a two-week gap to ensure proper drying time — will include a conversation with the NEA Big Read Lakeshore 2021 book, “An American Sunrise,” a collection of poems by current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Participants also will work alongside local Potawatomi ceramicist Jason Wesaw to craft their own pottery.

“With a workshop like this, I want people to understand the beauty and power in the process, not just the objects they create,” Wesaw said. “Harvesting and gathering in a respectful way from the land; experimenting and building work without the fear of failure; putting their best thoughts and efforts into the work; (and) recognizing the ingenuity, intellect and value in some of these traditional technologies.

Participants will work alongside Wesaw in hand building and pit firing to create and take home their own pottery inspired by Wesaw’s work. School groups also can visit to learn about the process. All clay will be locally sourced and processed.

The cost of material and tools is $200. For more information, email or visit

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