American pottery design dating

Cochiti Pueblo is well known for its creation of "storytellers" (figures of a man or woman with children on laps, shoulders etc.).

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These include San Juan, Laguna, Isleta, and Pojaque.

After the vessel is formed, it is sun dried, if painted it is done with a "slip" of clay.

It is then fired, not in a modern day "kiln", but rather outside in a "kiln" built of horse or sheep manure and pottery chards.

This is where the clay is rolled between the hands to form long coils and is then wrapped around and stacked to form the shape of the pot.

It is then pinched together and smoothed by hand or by a polishing stone, many passed down from generation to generation used to smooth the coils of clay into a singular flawless vessel.

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