If you are searching for ollas in the Albuquerque area, East Central Ministries provides beautiful ollas in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Desert Oasis Teaching Garden is looking into olla irrigation, and we are testing the process with a small raised bed. I drove to East Central Ministries to purchase 9 ollas for the garden.
East Central Ministries uses the slip mold method of building ollas. Liquid clay is poured into a plaster mold, swirled around so every surface is coated, and then left to dry. Once the mold is removed, the olla can be fired and is then finished. This method allows East Central Ministries to create beautiful, flawless ollas in the shape of pumpkins and other gourds.
We are very excited to experiment with olla irrigation in the DOT Garden this summer!
East Central Ministries contact information:
123 Vermont St. NE
Albuquerque, NM. 87108
Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm