Tammy Beane /  Clay Artistry and Utility

Living Archaeology Weekend is great!  It is the only program I know of that is totally dedicated to archaeology education. We were so excited to be able to be a part of the program 25 years ago and that excitement only grows. No where else will you find a program with the knowledge and quality of Living Archaeology Weekend.

I started playing in the mud by chance. My husband Larry Beane is a National Park Service park ranger and an archaeologist.  We would go caving and canoeing, and clay was everywhere. He introduced me to Southeastern archaeology and a use for this clay, and this interest/ obsession has stayed with me.  The simplicity of using clay from the ground and wood firing to make functional beautiful pots still fascinates me, even after 27 years.


I have combined traditional prehistoric techniques with my love of nature into my contemporary “Southern Mud Pottery.”  I am a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, a life member of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and a Dana Teaching Artist. 

We live on Lookout Mountain in north Alabama.


I make reproductions of prehistoric and early historic Southeastern U.S. pottery for museums and archaeologists. These early potters were fantastic artists with amazing talent. I have learned so much from handling their original pieces, and will probably never stop learning from them. I am continually inspired and challenged by their talent and the quality of their work. This has allowed me to become the self-taught potter that I am today. My passion is to keep alive and share the beauty and tradition of these wonderful artists. I have worked with the University of North Carolina, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in North Carolina, The Cherokee Heritage Museum, and Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma to help facilitate the revival of traditional Southeastern pottery.

My pottery reproductions include bowls and water bottles.

Kentucky archaeology, Woodland Indians, primitive technology, Native American, American Indian, native technology

At LAW 2009, I describe pottery manufaturing and decoration.