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

Saturday March 30th 2024 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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

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Artist Kelvin Yazzie comes to the Land to teach clay hand building techniques. He will discuss the origins of clay from his childhood perspective growing up on the Navajo Nation. Lisa Ortega will also join us, bringing clay that she has gathered herself on the Tohono O'odham Nation, 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 clay whistle, 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.

Included in this workshop is the option to join Kelvin at his downtown Tucson studio to fire your clay pieces. 

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 water bottle


$45 per person: includes all materials and tools needed, which will be yours to keep at the end of the workshop!

There are scholarships available. If you feel the cost of this workshop is inaccessible to you, please inquire with Kate using the contact info listed below.


If paying online is challenging, please contact us. Checks or cash must be paid ahead of time.


We purchase all tools and materials from small purveyors as locally as possible. Workshop includes:

     Trimming & carving tools



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

Registration now full for this workshop

Please RSVP with Kate Hodges at:   520.975.1965   or

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