Prairie Pursuits

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PrairePursuits

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Prairie Pursuits offers how-to classes and workshops geared to adults and teens in a variety of topics from historic trades, to culinary skills, to the arts. View the series schedule for details of subject matter, dates, times, and prices. See something you want to learn more about? Get registered!

Ages 10+ (varies per class)

Autumn Classes

Prairie Pursuits: Pretzels and Mustard

Hearth Cooking: Pretzels & Mustard

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Please note, this is a single-day class.

Guests will make pretzels using a water-bath over the heart fire and bake them in the cob oven and/or in Dutch ovens.  While the pretzels are baking, the mustards (sweet and hot) will be made.  Ages 12+, Children under 16 must register with an adult.

Prairie Pursuits Wheel Thrown Pottery

Pottery: Session V

This is a 4-week class, beginning Wednesday, October 6th.

This class will cover all aspects of wheel thrown pottery and glazing techniques. Each student will have access to their own wheel and equipment, while receiving individual instruction from our Conner Prairie potters. This class is adaptable for the beginner to the more advanced student. All clay and materials are included in the class fee. Please bring your own towel for clean up and an optional apron to wear if you like. Ages 14+.

Prairie Pursuits: Fun at the Forge

Basic Blacksmithing

This is a 4-week class beginning Monday, November 1, 2021

This class will cover the basics of hand blacksmithing and bench-work techniques. Through a series of simple projects, such as hooks, chain links, cooking utensils and blacksmith tongs, students will learn basic techniques such as tending a fire, drawing out, upsetting, welding, filework and finishing work. All tools/materials provided. Ages 16+

Prairie Pursuits Wheel Thrown Pottery

Pottery: Session VI

This is a 4-week class, beginning Wednesday, November 3rd.

This class will cover all aspects of wheel thrown pottery and glazing techniques. Each student will have access to their own wheel and equipment, while receiving individual instruction from our Conner Prairie potters. This class is adaptable for the beginner to the more advanced student. All clay and materials are included in the class fee. Please bring your own towel for clean up and an optional apron to wear if you like. Ages 14+.

Sliding Lid Box

Dovetailing: Sliding Lid Box

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Please note, this is a single-day class.

Hand cut dovetails are not only beautiful, but a mark of craftsmanship. Through the construction of a small sliding lid “candle box” students will learn proper layout and fitting of dovetails using traditional tools. All tools and materials provided. Ages 16+

Prairie Pursuits: Fun at the Forge

Blacksmithing: Fun at the Forge

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Please note, this is a single-day class.

Be a blacksmith for a day. Learn to heat metal in a coal forge and shape it on an anvil. You will have the opportunity to complete several simple projects such as barbeque skewers, a flint and steel firestarter (with instructions on how to use it) and a dinner bell. All tools and materials will be provided. Ages 14+