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Re: Susan Folwell Breaks Tradition in Native American Pottery


From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 21:15:07 PDT

Woody Duncan wrote:

> The reddish brown color is the natural color the clay
> turns if the pots are not smothered in the firing process.
> The black occurs when the fire is totally smothered
> with old ashes, dirt and dried horse manure. I don't
> know the proper term to call this process.

It's reduction firing--you're reducing the amount of oxygen that reaches
the ware.