Pottery at the museum


August 10, 2023

Photo courtesy of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum

Hoyt Jasson, 9, Bronson Jasson, 7, and Bridger Jasson, 4, with their mother, Amy Jasson, show off the clay pots they created at the recent event hosted by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River.

Children who attended a recent clay pottery class at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum were able to pick up their creations last week.

Photo courtesy of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum

A group of young potters, instructed by museum staff, built their own clay pots using ancient coil and scrape techniques.

"Pottery is an ancient craft, going back at least 30,000 years in cultures worldwide, including those of prehistoric indigenous peoples in the American West," a museum press release explained.

Instructed by Dave Mead and Aidan Brady of the museum's staff, kids, parents, and caregivers created their own small clay pots, using ageless coil and scrape techniques.

The finished pots were not kiln-fired, but set aside to air dry, to be picked up later by the young potters.

Educators, parents, and parent-teacher groups who are interested in learning more about museum programs for students Grades K - 12 are encouraged to contact Brady at (307) 872-6435 or via email at programs@sweetwatercountywy.gov.

The museum is located at 3 E. Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there is no charge for admission.


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