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Making Pottery – Step 4 – Surface Design

Southwestern pottery artists use three methods to create designs on their pottery:


a design is cut into the slip before the pot is fired.

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a design, which usually encircles the entire pot is scratched into the pot with a sharp tool.

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Paint, usually made from vegetal material, is applied after the pot is fired. While some potters use manufactured brushes, most still use a strip of yucca chewed  lightly at one end to apply the paint.

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