The Southwest Kiln Conference, established in 2003, is devoted to the art, science and technology of recreating the prehistoric pottery of the American Southwest. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic they are adapting their annual conference to the circumstances. From Southwest Kiln:
Hello Clay People!!
We know it's been a while since you've heard from the Southwest kiln Conference community, so we wanted to send out a quick note as an update for 2020. We have been contacting several venues in the four corners area to see if there is still a possibility of holding a conference this year. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, much of this is still up in the air. However, we have been in contact with the Bureau of Land Management and have begun the process of applying for a special use permit so we can do firings on BLM lands near Cortez,hopefully in October. The BLM starts processing these permits the 1st of September and we are targeting the first or second weekend in October to hold the conference.
This year we may only be able to do the firings, social gathering and clay field trip since we have not found a venue that has indoor facilities to hold presentations. These are very uncertain times so as we move through the summer we will send additional information out to let you all know if we can make the conference happen this year.
We hope you are all well and safe and that we get to see each other in October.