Department of Parks
Coil Pottery Workshop at Wickliffe Mounds July 21st
WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will offer an advanced coil pottery workshop on July 21 from to
Coil pottery construction is an ancient method developed by Native Americans. Wet tempered clay is rolled out and fashioned into coils. The coils are then carefully added, one above the other and slightly overlapping. Each coiled layer is firmly pinched to the layer beneath to make it adhere. After the pot is built, the drying, polishing, decorating, and firing are the final stages of coiled pottery.
Fain Russell will conduct the workshop. He has extensive knowledge of primitive pottery construction using local clays. All materials are furnished. The workshop format is for adults and older teens. Registration is required and the workshop fee is $15 per person. Call Wickliffe Mounds at 270-335-3681 to register.
Wickliffe Mounds is the archaeological site of a prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound builders. Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi river, the village was occupied from about AD 1100 to 1350. The park includes a museum, gift shop, picnic area and hiking trail.
The park is located in the Wickliffe, about 30 miles west of Paducah, on highways 51-60-62 west, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov