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Mimbres Painted Pottery – G200729

Workshop ID: G200729
Dates: July 12 - July 18
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

In Mimbres Painted Pottery, students will experience identifying, digging and processing naturally occurring clays from the New Mexico landscape. Gather clay from Ghost Ranch Property, refine the clay to make it suitable for use, and form it into finished products of beauty and individual expressiveness. Using the traditional coiling technique, students will create pottery forms, then embellish the forms with painted slip designs. This workshop incorporates inspiration from the painted pottery tradition of New Mexico’s ancient Mimbres culture. The pre-historic Mimbres culture, located in southern New Mexico, is regarded widely for the unique character of its tradition of painted pottery.

The Mimbres people were the antecedents of modern Pueblo people, and their pottery traditions bear similarities. Archaeological work has revealed an astonishing array of Mimbres pictoral art, recorded for posterity in the form of painting on pottery. Their predominate pottery forms were round bowls. The paintings on the interiors of their bowls ranged from depiction of humans and animals, to inventive anthropomorphic/zoomorphic hybrids, to dazzling abstract, geometric designs. Students will paint designs informed by the Mimbres’ linear black-on-white painting style – creating abstract geometric designs and linear figures using a similar visual vocabulary of shapes and lines to create their own interpretations. At the workshop’s end, students will take away unique, finished products, highlighting their own creativity. Students will also deepen their understanding and appreciation for the origins of the raw materials, the technical processes, and the specific cultural influences incorporated. This workshop will appeal to inquisitive students with interests in the fields of art, ceramics, geology or archaeology. All levels of experience are welcome. Supplies are provided.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
Michael Thornton

Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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