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:
From Soil to Clay
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Styles & Differences
Into the Fire