Jul
31
to Sep 1

Cal-Earth Ceramics Apprenticeship Program

Cal-Earth Institute Specialty Workshop
July 31 - September 1, 2017 // 8:30am - 6:00pm
Hesperia, CA

Harness the elements of earth, water, air, and fire by combining ceramic art with earthen architecture. Our new ceramics program at Cal-Earth will provide students with an opportunity to learn about clay and ceramics, create and take home functional and sculptural art work, and design finish elements for Earthen structures. Learn with ceramic artist and Earth builder instructor, Brandon Evans. Caitlin will be co-teaching and facilitating a group Pit Firing!

Come stay at Cal-Earth this Summer to be inspired and learn to take clay from its raw moldable form and fire it into timeless and livable art!

Program Details:
Limited to 8 students. No prior experience necessary, a range of experience levels is encouraged. Beginner to advanced lessons. The program will focus on individual artistic growth with functional and sculptural work, as well as group projects focused on developing architectural concepts, and finishing elements in our Earthen structures. Demonstrations, hands on experience, and projects possible will be adapted to skill level of students, interests, time available, and current site goals.

Topics Covered:
Wheel throwing
Hand building
Functional pieces like mugs, dinnerware and cookware
Sculptural pieces
Harvesting, processing, mixing and recycling clay and glazes
Various glazing and decorating methods
Designing and modeling
Firing techniques, such as electric, gas, raku, pit fire, etc.

Research Topics May Include (but, not limited to):
Ceramic window frames
Wall/floor tiles
Roof tiles for dome and vault buildings
Installation of ceramic elements into buildings
Water filtering and Watering vessels
Sinks
Light fixtures
Kiln building and theory
Firing architectural scale structures/sculptures

Cost: $2000 ($400 deposit required to reserve space)

Click here for more info and to sign up for this wonderful opportunity at Cal-Earth!

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Jul
13
to Jul 19

5th Annual Elements Gathering

  • Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pottery & Pit Firing Class

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Elements Gathering is a week-long primitive skills and tribal consciousness gathering held in the ancient Sequoia Forest of Southern California.

Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest
Springville, CA
July 13-19, 2017

At Elements, you are welcomed to embrace your instincts and follow your true nature as a cooperative member of a Village.  You will be asked to share with and be in service to your community, and your Elemental contributions will be a big part of that.  The Elements are a subset of the Village and typically follow a certain ideal characterized by an element: earth, wind, fire, water.  Every member of the camp (including mentors and work-trade) will be welcomed into an Element at the beginning of the week.  Each Element will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week including gathering and washing the dishes once or twice during the event.  This is your opportunity to be of service to your Village and it can be a lot of fun!  Put on a smile, lend your hands and feel the gratitude of your new friends! 
   
Together we will co-create a village experience filled with ancestral skills workshops, live music, performance, community meals, and so much more. Caitlin will be facilitating the Pottery and Pit Firing class for adults and Clay Bead and Figure making for the little ones.

Learn about what goes into the making of a finished ceramic piece from start to finish! We will be creating a sacred vessel using foraged California clay, mineral pigments, and pit-firing them in the earth. Children will be making small beads and other items that will also be pit-fired.

For more information visit: www.elementsgathering.com.

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Jun
1
to Jun 12

5th Annual Spirit Weavers Gathering

Pottery & Pit Firing Class

• ∆ • 5th Annual SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING • ∆ •

Spirit Weavers Gathering is a five day celebration of cultures past, a remembering and practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul. By gathering together as Women, we share our skills in remembrance of our path and in honor of our Ancestors. Through sharing space with one another, we are able to more gracefully arrive at a new understanding of what it would look like in our lives to more fully commit to being in right relationship to nature.

Cave Junction, Oregon
Sun Session: June 1-5, 2017
Moon Session: June 8-12, 2017

Caitlin will be joining Spirit Weavers again for the fourth year to share her gift of Pottery and Pit Firing during the Sun Session, June 1-5, 2017. Learn about what goes into the making of a finished ceramic bowl from start to finish! We will be creating a sacred vessel using foraged California clay, mineral pigments, and pit-firing them in the earth. To read more about and view photos from Caitlin's class during the 2016 gathering, visit the Urthen blog.

For more information visit www.spiritweaversgathering.com.

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Apr
6
to Apr 9

Infinite Wild // Women's Earth Skills Immersion

Pottery & Pit Firing Class

Join Your Sisters for an In-Depth Journey:
Deep Nature Connection, Wilderness Skills, Crafts, & Women's Culture

One Gathering / Month
April - October 2017
Sonoma County, California

Facilitated and taught by women, we will be coming together to re-member the simplicity of living in reciprocity with nature, connect with our sisters, unwind, and learn the hand skills and crafts of being outdoors. Together we will hold camp, be lead through experiences that deepen our connection to self, nature, and each other. n the evenings our night time culture will have a chance to emerge, where song and story will unfold. Each gathering will be held in a container of warmth, inclusivity, gentle edge pushing, and curiosity, as we journey deeper and deeper into what is to be at home in nature.

Caitlin will be facilitating a Pottery and Pit Firing class for the first gathering of the 7 month Women's Skills Immersion, the weekend of April 6-9 2017. Find a connection with the metamorphosis of fire and earth! Learn about what goes into the making of a finished ceramic bowl from start to finish. In this two part class, we will touch on how to harvest clay, make and use mineral pigments, and how to pit fire. Women will experience a true connection to the earth through clay and complete the class with one pit-fired bowl suitable as a cooking and eating vessel. Foraged California clay and mineral pigment paints will be provided. The emphasis of this class and the pit firing will be learning genuine primitive pottery methods and creating with intention!

For more information, dates, tuition, testimonials, etc.
visit: www.infinitewild.org

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Mar
25
1:00pm 1:00pm

Luna Arcana Issue 2 Fundraiser

Urthen will be vending at the Luna Arcana Fundraiser Jamboree
at TAYLOR JUNCTION in Joshua Tree
March 25, 2017 from 1PM-11PM.

Join us for a day of local art, music, spoken word, vendors and more!
$5 suggested donation.
All proceeds go towards print costs for Issue 2.
Help us keep the journal free!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/842548412549617/

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Oct
15
to Oct 23

15th Annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours

Urthen participating for the first time in the
15th Annual Hwy 62 Open Studios Art Tours
October 15-16 // October 22-23

The Hwy 62 Open Studios Art Tours, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council (MBCAC), is an annual gathering in October over the course of two weekends of artists living in the Morongo Basin who open their studios to showcase their art and share their creative process with the public. In this picturesque country nestled against Joshua Tree National Park, visitors will find an exciting mix of styles offered by nearly 150 artists in communities along Hwy 62 from Morongo Valley to Wonder Valley and north to Pioneertown and Landers. Visitors create their own self-guided tour using the printed catalog to map their way through the open studios...

Urthen will be #11 on the tour, showcasing alongside the art of Toby Verhines, Thomas and Amara Alban, and Geoffrey Fennell on Mane Street in Pioneertown, CA!

For more details and information visit:
www.hwy62arttours.org

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Jun
2
to Jun 13

4th Annual Spirit Weavers Gathering

• ∆ • SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING • ∆ •

From the high plateau of the Murietta Apus, the heat of Inti sun that bathes upon Joshua Tree, and now to our Grandfather trees communing with Pachamama in the Redwoods - we come together. Spirit Weavers Gathering is a five day celebration of cultures past, a remembering and practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul.

By gathering together as Women, we share our skills in remembrance of our path and in honor of our Ancestors. Through sharing space with one another, we are able to more gracefully arrive at a new understanding of what it would look like in our lives to more fully commit to being in right relationship to nature.

Other ways to weave the web:
Instagram: @spiritweavers
Facebook: @spiritweaversgathering
Email: info@spiritweaversgathering.com


Caitlin will be joining Spirit Weavers again for the third year to share her gift of Primitive Pottery and Pit Firing in the Moon Session, June 9-13, 2016. To read more about the 2015 gathering, visit the Urthen blog.

General tickets go on sale Saturday January 9, 2016 at 10am PST. If your intention is to join this year, it's recommended to buy at the time that they open as they usually sell out in just a few hours. For more information visit www.spiritweaversgathering.com.
 

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May
12
to May 15

14th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival

  • Joshua Tree Lake Campground (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Caitlin will be selling her handmade Urthen wares in the local artist booths alongside of MazAmar Art Pottery, Kyle Hanson, Heathen Divine, Trailer Tags, Diana Durr, and Paris Birdwell, at the 14th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival.

For tickets and more information visit http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

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Apr
16
12:00pm12:00pm

Mexican Pottery Class // 2

CACTUS MART presents MEXICAN POTTERY CLASS
with local MASTER SCULPTOR & CERAMICIST: Steve NVitzke

Class will be held April 16, 2016 from 12-2PM during CACTUS FEST 2016!

Caitlin will be assisting Steve teaching the basic beginner technique of creating pinch pots. Pinch pots are often the first introduction into working with clay for many people. From simple to complex, you don't need any fancy equipment-just your hands! $55 fee includes all materials (with $15 extra fee for glaze). Register and secure your spot now: call us at 760-363-6976 or email thecactusmart@aol.com for more info

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Mexican Pottery Class // 1
Apr
2
12:00pm12:00pm

Mexican Pottery Class // 1

CACTUS MART presents MEXICAN POTTERY CLASS
with local MASTER SCULPTOR & CERAMICIST: Steve NVitzke

Classes held every other Saturday 12-2pm, starting April 2, 2016!

Caitlin will be assisting Steve teaching the basic beginner technique of creating pinch pots. Pinch pots are often the first introduction into working with clay for many people. From simple to complex, you don't need any fancy equipment-just your hands! $55 fee includes all materials (with $15 extra fee for glaze). Register and secure your spot now: call us at 760-363-6976 or email thecactusmart@aol.com for more info

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Jul
16
to Jul 22

3rd Annual Elements Gathering

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Caitlin will be attending the 3rd Annual Elements Gathering July 16-22 at the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Classes offered include primitive pottery, bladesmithing, leather working, fiber arts, survival minimalism, wilderness first-aid, hoop dance, sound healing,  yoga, and much much more.

For tickets and more information visit www.elementsgathering.com!

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May
14
to May 18

3rd Annual Spirit Weavers Gathering

Photo by Elena Ray.

Photo by Elena Ray.

Spirit Weavers is a five day celebration and embrace of the feminine heart. This all women skillshare event honors cultures past which represented basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul. Offerings include fermenting foods, weaving, felting, dying fabrics, basketry, leather and cattail crafts, pottery, sharing tea, making plant medicines, song, yoga, dance, and creating ritual. 

Caitlin will be harvesting local Mendocino clay and teaching Primitive Pottery and Pit Firing. 

For more information visit  www.spiritweaversgathering.com.

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May
2
7:00am 7:00am

Grand Opening Superadobe Sculpture Garden

California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture

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Cal-Earth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and institute devoted to teaching sustainable earth architecture and building methods, i.e. 'Superadobe' domes. This building system focuses on housing as a basic human right, the economic empowerment of creating one's own home, and addresses today's global/local needs. Caitlin has completed their Long-Term Apprenticeship Program in 2012 and first Long-Term Vault Program in 2013. She is now taking part in the first Sculpture Program this spring with Laura Smith. They will be building a series of site-specific earthworks using the Cal-Earth technology of sandbags, barbed wire, and available earthen materials.

To view the new sculpture garden, Cal-Earth will be open to the public on May 2, 2015 10am-3pm.

For more information visit www.calearth.org.

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