Image of PIGMENT FORGING WORKSHOP with Heidi Gustafson


$200.00 - Sold out

Sat. Dec 1st 10am-4pm / SOLD OUT
Sun. Dec 2nd 10am-4pm / SOLD OUT
email heidi@earlyfutures.com for waitlist spot
East Bay Hills, California.*

Join Heidi for a special pigment foraging workshop where we will gather natural mineral colors in an ancient metavolcanic landscape!

During the day-long workshop, we will walk, talk, and explore features of the land by gathering stones, identifying and comparing rocks, and transforming our finds into personal pigments. This particular old mining California landscape has been a long-time personal teacher for Heidi and is one of the most fascinating natural pigment areas in the East Bay region!

Heidi is so excited to be able to bring workshop participants to this special place and to share her process of making ochre pigments from the soils and stones we will collect together. Heidi will also guide us through sustainable harvesting practices, give project and recipe ideas for transforming foraged pigments into paint, pastels, ceramics, inks, textile dyes, cosmetics and others types of creative material as well as be available to answer all of your questions!

There are a few things you’ll need to prepare for the day. Firstly, this is an outdoor, all-weather workshop. Please wear sturdy and comfortable shoes that you will be happy walking around 2 miles in and clothes you can layer throughout the day. We will take a break for lunch midday, so please bring a packed lunch with enough food, snacks and water to last the whole day.


- bag or backpack that can hold rocks and/or dirt
- lunch and snacks
- water bottle
- warm layers, hat and anything else to be comfortable outside during the day
- a stone or ceramic mortar and pestle, any size. Will NOT need to be carried with you on the walk. We will leave at processing site and return to them. If you need to buy one, shoot me an email (heidi@earlyfutures.com) and I’ll send you ideas.
- a notebook, for taking notes and testing your colors (feel free to bring a paintbrush if you want too)

Otherwise, just bring yourself!
Materials will mostly be provided by Heidi and the earth.

*Precise location will be sent to registered participants only.
Accessible by car and public transportation.


Heidi Gustafson is an artist, pigment worker and ore whisperer based in rainy, volcanic Cascade foothills of northern Washington. Her intuitive and highly collaborative ochre and iron research projects include work with award-winning scientists, paleontologists, anthropologists, linguists, citizen foragers/researchers and artists around the planet. She’s a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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