Pottery has been used by North Americans for over 3000 years as a means to cook and store food or precious items.

The Iroquois, Haudenosaunee or “People of the Longhouse” made clay pots with rounded bottoms that sat on hot coals or hung over cooking fires.

Clay was located along streams and riverbeds, to which sand and crushed shells were added for extra strength through a basic pit firing process.

Students will learn traditional methods of vessel construction using slabs and clay coils to create a decorative clay pot, inspired by ancient Iroquois artifacts.

We’re a non-profit organization, and program fees help cover the cost of instruction, supplies and equipment.

  • We charge a minimum class fee based on 16 students
  • $8.75 per student (minimum class fee of $140)


We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to:
Arts and Heritage St. Albert
Suite #200, 20 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 1E4

For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or registration@artsandheritage.ca

Information and Policies

Total Time

1.5 hours


Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Clay Program, Cultural, First Nations, Métis, Inuit


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