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Making Pottery

Making Pottery

When we speak of southwestern pottery, we are referring to that which was made, and continues to be made today, by the native people of New Mexico and Arizona. Specifically, we mean the Pueblo peoples of the Rio Grande Valley, the Hopi of the Three Mesas, and, to some extent the Navajo of northwestern New Mexico and northeastern  Arizona.

For Native  Americans,  pottery  making  is a spiritual activity. As a product  of Mother Earth, the clay that forms the pot is sacred. Because of this, southwestern potters, as they craft their wares, recite prayers that accompany each stage of the pottery-making process.


 There are five steps or stages in the pottery-making process: 


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