Adobe Oven Design and Construction - Two Part Masterclass [SOLD OUT]

A person working with an adobe oven.

Class Dates

March 03, 2023 to March 10, 2023

Meeting Days

Fridays 10 AM - 12 PM


Off campus (SW Tucson)



Course Instructor(s)

Join this hands-on, get-dirty class to learn the history, materials, and construction techniques necessary to build your own outdoor adobe oven! Base building, adobe mix styles, finish plaster, and natural pigmentation/fine finishing will be covered, as well as a brief overview of cooking techniques! Traditional adobe building is simple, inexpensive, and eco-friendly—using mostly earth with limited other materials. If correctly made, adobe constructed buildings can be durable and long lasting. Attendees of this class will assist instructor, Dr. Droz with building an adobe oven at her personal workstation.  

Dr. PennElys Droz, Anishinaabe and mixed European descendent, is a mother of five, Program Officer with NDN Collective, and founding board member of Sustainable Nations, an Indigenous regenerative community development organization. She has worked in Indigenous engineering and regenerative development for over 20 years, with a vision of the redevelopment of thriving ecologically, culturally and economically sustainable Native Nations. She is a natural builder and lover of all things dirt, moss, lichen, and fungi. 

*NEW* We also offer a MasterClass Architecture & Sustainability Series Bundle. Enroll in all three courses (Tucson Green Infrastructure, Adobe Oven Design & Construction and Industrial Hemp For Healthy Homes Masterclasses) for a discounted rate. This option is available when registering. This course is limited to 20 participants. 

Course Format

Masterclasses are a new feature of the SBS Community Classroom Program. Masterclasses are taught by an expert instructor as a one-time workshop-style class. The class will be interactive according to the subject matter and students will get the opportunity for Q&A with the instructor(s).

Readings and Syllabus

Attendance & Participation

This course will be delivered in-person at the instructor's workstation in SW Tucson.


Online registration for this course will open December 7, 2022 at 10 AM. After registration, participants will receive a receipt of registration. Subsequently, participants will receive class instructions 1-2 weeks before the start of the course.


Refunds are available. They must be requested at least 48 hours before the start of the class. Individuals who register for the Masterclass bundle and need to arrange for cancelation and/or refund, please contact Stephanie Noriega at sends e-mail). A $10 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.