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Tohono O'odham Connections:
Clay Handbuilding Workshop
with Lisa Ortega & Kelvin Yazzie

Saturday, Nov 18th, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Made possible by the Arizona Commission on the Arts Lifelong Arts Engagement Award

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Artists Kelvin Yazzie and Lisa Ortega come together to teach clay hand building techniques. They will discuss the origins of clay from their childhoods: Kelvin through his perspectives growing up on the Navajo Nation, and Lisa from hers on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Lisa will bring clay that she has gathered herself, telling us about this process and sharing experiences of learning about clay with her mother and grandmother. Kelvin will teach us how to make a cool clay rattle, and we will also design some of our own imaginary creations.​ Kate will provide additional refreshments of Prickly Pear juice and Mesquite chocolate chip cookies.

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This course is new for the Land With No Name, and we are incredibly excited to be able to offer it! Included in this workshop is the option to return on December 2nd to pit-fire your clay pieces on site at the Land.

Transportation: We will meet at Kestrel Kafe and caravan out to the Land from there. Roads can be rough, high-clearance vehicles are preferable, carpooling is encouraged

What to bring: a bag lunch and payment


$70 per person: includes all materials and tools, which will be yours to keep!

to be paid on site with cash, Venmo, or check

(please make checks payable to Land With No Name Sanctuary)

There are a limited number of scholarships available. If you feel the cost of this workshop is inaccessible to you, please inquire using the RSVP information below.


Workshop fee is the total cost of all materials and tools needed to learn. We purchase everything locally, we do not order them in bulk from conglomerate purveyors. Since you are purchasing the tools and materials, you will get to bring everything home to continue exploring the making process. Includes:

     2 trimming tools

     4 piece carving tool set

     Pin tool




10:00 AM - Meet at Kestrel Kafe: 10390 S Sierrita Mountain Road, Tucson AZ 85736

10:15 - Caravan to The LWNN Sanctuary, 8 miles from Kestrel Kafé

11 AM - Clay Handbuilding instruction: first portion

1:00 PM - Lunch - please come prepared with your own bag lunch, Kate will provide additional refreshments of Prickly Pear juice and Mesquite chocolate chip cookies

1:30 - Clay Handbuilding instruction: second portion

3:00 PM - Caravan leading cars out to go home

Optional: return on December 2nd (time TBD) to pit-fire your clay pieces on site at the Land!

Workshop is now full, please keep an eye out for our Spring Clay Handbuilding Workshop dates!

Please RSVP with Kate Hodges at:   520.975.1965   or

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