In 2003 an informal group of archeologists, potters, replicators and just people interested in the processes and materials used to create ancient pottery of the Southwest met in Old Leupp Arizona for what became the first gathering of the Southwest Kiln Conference. This event has been held nearly every year since then at various sites in the American Southwest. Our group invites previous participants as well as new artists and others with an interest in prehistoric pottery to bring pieces to this event and fire them using a range of firing methods and fuels which include trench, pit and surface kilns.
In 2016 the conference was held at the Apache County Rodeo Grounds in Springerville, Arizona on September 15 – 18. The Casa Malpais Archaeological Park in conjunction with the Little Colorado River Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society sponsored the conference.