The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology on the campus of The University of New Mexico is holding a special Passport to People family day that will encourage people of all ages to make Eco Explorations in Pottery and celebrate spring with a day in the clay.

The Zoom event is set for Saturday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. The multi-generational event for all ages is free and open to all.

Participants can pick up free supply kits at the Maxwell when they register. ​When someone registers for the event, they can request a full kit or just some supplies for projects they are most interested in completing. Kits can be picked up from the museum at an arranged day and time, said curator of education Amy Grochowski.

The kits will contain materials to create clay pottery and make paper flowers and cards, including ​self-hardening clay, clay shaper, yucca paintbrush, tempera paint samples, coloring sheet, terra cotta pot, soil, seeds, construction paper, and recycled paper circles.

Participants will also explore the Maxwell collections during the Zoom presentation, learn about pottery and sustainability, and join a storytime.

On the Passport to People family day, participants will join the event through Zoom. Maxwell staff, student assistants, and docents will facilitate all the activities and participants can use the supplies in the kit or their own supplies to complete the activities, Grochowski explained. A special guest potter will present and demonstrate traditional pottery-making techniques.

​Participants will make cards from construction paper and paper flowers using the ramillette paper flower-making tradition.

Storytime will feature The Empty Pot by Demi, and possibly The Mouse Bride, a Mayan folk tale and Chinese folk tale.

The event is part of the efforts by the Maxwell staff to bring the museum’s collection to their audience online during the pandemic. Among the other presentations are videos that lead Maxwell virtual visitors through early human history and to explore the history of people of Southwest. The Maxwell website is full of information about the museum’s vast collection, features online exhibits, and much more.