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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Firing Micaceous Pottery with Dawning Pollen Shorty

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The Colors & Culture 

of Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico 

A week of Educational and Artistic Fun with CRIZMAC -

 A Celebration of Pueblo Indian Art & Culture

We went to the home of Dawning Pollen Shorty's parents, located close to the Taos Pueblo, to fire our micaceous clay creations. Her parents, Bernadette Track and Robert Shorty, along with her aunt Soge, grandmother Jeri, and some cousins were all there when we arrived. Were were greeted with genuine warmth  and excitement by Pollen.

...and then we fired our pottery!
In native tradition we used Cedar Wood for firing our creations

We waited for the cedar to burn into embers as our clay creations warmed by the fire
Our creations were added to the embers and more cedar was added surrounding them, in a tipi shape. We fired 3 batches throughout the day. 

The last batch included my pinch pots & small fetishes, Linda's animalito, and Bernadette's bowl & ladle.
Bernadette brought some horsehair to the fire to provide further decoration to her simple but elegant bowl & ladle.

...more about our wonderful day with Pollen 

and her family in my next post