One of a Kind Offerings from the Fire

 

AUTHENTICALLY made using wild materials and practices.  

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- Order of Appearance -

Ancestral Puebloan Black-on-White (both mineral and organic paint), Redwares, and Greywares (Corrugation). 

Followed by High Plains Cord Impressed (Woodland and Upper Republican)

Ancestral Puebloan Pottery 

Black-on-White

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#329  Rattle Handle Ladle

Reference: Private Collection

This piece was commissioned.  The mineral on the original was not black but a tannish brown.  Thankfully I have tested over 50 different wild found minerals and was able to pick one that would come close.  I applied it intentionally to smear and I let the white slip craze and crackle, given the appearance of age.  With this piece a new found love for the look of ancient has risen in me.  Also notice the black vitrified line on the back.  Happened in the kiln, something in the wood.  Maybe it's the original artists signature.   5" bowl width x 13.5" long

 

 SOLD

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#338 Walnut Black-on-White Large Bowl

Reference: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

What makes this piece is the design.  Crazy.  There is a little bit of burn out(lightning) of the black paint from the super hot kiln.  The white slip, shrinking at a higher rate than the body clay, has crackled (zoom in). Intentionally left the outside rustic and rough.No cracks and rings like a bell.  4.25” x 10”

 

  $400

Mancos Black-On-White Ladle
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#337 Pueblo II Ladle

Reference: Private Collection

Mineral paint, more common in earlier periods, has its own set of challenges. You want it to apply evenly, you want it to stick to the slip and you want it to turn black in the trench kiln atmosphere. Trial and error and success. The handle's three perforations keep it from exploding during firing process.  Very white slip, has shadows of the underlying clay showing in places.  To me replication means letting the materials be wild and applied in a primitive fashion.

4.25" bowl width x 11.25" long

 

 $250

Black-on-White Ladle
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#330 Pueblo II, Rattle Handle Ladle

Reference: Private Collection

Beads of clay rattle in the hollow handle of this large ladle.  The six topside perforations keep the handle from exploding during the firing process. The terraced steps in a modified scroll pattern appears in both the bowl and the handle. Ladles are tough to fire due to the small connection of clay between the bowl and handle.  Got lucky, this one is perfect as well.

5.25" bowl width x 14" long

 

 $350

Rattle Handle Ladle
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#328 Mesa Verde Rattle Handle Ladle

Reference: Private Collection

Beads of clay rattle in this hollow handle which also has horns of clay on the end.  Maybe used for hooking on the edge of a pot. The handle's three perforations keep it from exploding during firing process. Classic banded Mesa Verde design. Ladles are tough to fire due to the small connection of clay between the bowl and handle.  This one is perfect and nearly a twin to #327

4.75" bowl width x 12.5" long

 

 SOLD

Mesa Verde Rattle Ladle replication
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#327 Mesa Verde Rattle Handle Ladle

Reference: Private Collection

Beads of clay rattle in this hollow handle which also has a loop of clay on the end.  The handle's four perforations keep it from exploding during firing process. Classic banded Mesa Verde design. Ladles are tough to fire due to the small connection of clay between the bowl and handle.  This one is perfect.

4.75" bowl width x 12.5" long

 

 SOLD ($350)

McElmo / Mesa Verde pottery replication
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#336a  McVerdian Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: A sherd in Southeast Utah

Had to design this complete layout, staying true to the time period, off a couple of square inches. Sometimes it's just ends perfect.   4" x 9.5"

 

Keeping this one for myself for now.  But after I love on it awhile, may let it go.  Message me ;)

Southwest Lizard Bowl
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#343  Lizard in the Corn Bowl

This bowl was made to test a new clay and how it would perform in the firing process.

But of course I had to give it some lizard (of the period) bling. High pitch ring.  Bowl formed a few 1/4" rim cracks as it was getting really hot. All have been filled.  3" x 5.5"

 

$75

Prehistoric Southwest Ladle
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#332  Ladder Handle Ladle

Reference: Sherd in Southeast Utah

Other than the portion of the one we found, only know of one other.  Such a unique handle.  Mineral for paint and white slip both harvested within walking distance of the sherd. Well fired and rings like a bell.

1.75" x 8"

 

$200

Southwest Pottery Replication
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#342  Turtle Bowl

The main purpose of this bowl was to try out a new clay with characteristics I normally don't use.  Notice the warping in the bowls roundness.  

2" x 6"

SOLD

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Black-on-White Miniture Mug

#337a  Mesa Verde Miniature Mug

Reference: Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO., #0.439.1

Little dots travel around the entire mug on a stepped trail. Maybe footprints?  Love miniature mugs.  This one is quite special.

 2" tall x 3" with handle

 

SOLD ($100)

Ancestral Puebloan Bird Effigy
Tusayan Black-on-White Pottery

#340  Tusayan Bird Vessel

Reference: Papers of the Peabody Museum No.38, 7615-S, Room 303

The form and painted design put this piece in a class of its own.  Head form resembles a turkey.  Even the stylized wings bring to mind the T-shape symbolism of the time.

3.5" x 4.5"

 

SOLD ($250)

Tusayan Black-on-White Bird
Southwest Pottery Repliation

#344  Tusayan Bird Vessel

Reference: Papers of the Peabody Museum No.38

Fragments of several birds were found.  This one complies some of those bits. Amazingly fired showing off this beautiful white slip from northeast Arizona.  3" x 5.5"

 

$200

Black-on-White Gourd Ladle
Mesa Verde National Park Replication Bowl
Mesa Verde Bowl
Black-on-White Pottery
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#335 Gourd Scoop

Reference: Early 1900's photo. No provenience

This form is rare overall but most commonly seen in the early Pueblo periods.  My personal found mineral paint is loosely applied.  Whites are stunning and opaque with slight shadows of the underlying clay. 

High fired.  2.25" x 7" wide

 

$150

#326  Mesa Verde Bowl

Reference: Mesa Verde National Parks Museum

Tumbling triangles, bold and simple, make a statement both in positive and negative space.  Super whites. Black paint was just starting to burn off as the kiln was smothered with dirt. 

4.5" x 10.25"

SOLD ($400)

#324  Mesa Verde Bowl

Reference: Online Photo, but still hunting it's origin.  What a design of celestial orbs, flowers or eyes?  Rim flatness and ticking set the Period. Beautifully fired with a couple exterior fire clouds.  Kiln was hot enough to warp it out of round a bit.  3" x 6.75" 

 

SOLD ($250)

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum Replication
White Mesa Back-on-White

#225 White Mesa Black-on-White Bowl

Reference:  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum 

Always mesmerized by the stunning simplicity of this early style pottery.  Plus this piece fired beautifully. 

4" x 10" 

Private Collection

Mesa Verde Bowl
Earl Morris La Plata Bowl

#275  Pueblo III, Mesa Verde Bowl          Reference: Earl Morris, Site 41, La Plata Valley

What drew me to this bowl was not the perfectly placed black triangles BUT the white framing lines that set each one off.  Site 41 was a special place producing exceptional pottery.  The bowl developed a 1" fine line, rim hair crack in the firing that has been repaired.  Does not affect the integrity of the piece.      3" x 8"

 

$275

Mesa Verde Museum
Mesa Verde Museum

#287  Pueblo II Bowl

Reference: On display at the Mesa Verde Par Museum.

It was a tedious day painting these 38 ducks, simply because each one is so unique.  I was determined to replicate them accurately.  Not my job to tell the story but simply to pass it on.  

And I fell in love with them all.  Hate to sell this one.  It fired beautifully. Nice size. Super blacks.

3.75" x 9.75"

 

$450 

Kokopelli
Knobby Knee Site

#288  McElmo "Knobby Knee" Bowl

Reference: Anasazi Heritage Center 

Figures, both human and animal, give a quick glimpse into past thoughts of what was important, what was sacred and spiritual.  This bowl was recovered at the Knobby Knee Stockade in Southwest Colorado.  Absolutely a fine replication.  3" x 7.25" 

 

Sold to the most deserving person, Moki John!

Mesa Verde Replication
Black-on-White Bowl

#290  Mesa Verde Bowl

Reference: Online photos, from the Mesa Verde area.

Such a treat when a large bowl turns out just like you want; a nice ring when thumped, clean whites and solid dark blacks.  I am treating myself.  This one's a keeper.

4.5" x 11"  

 

Personal Collection

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#246 Mesa Verde Bowl  

Reference: Mesa Verde National Parks Museum  

Notice that the stepped cloud pattern on the inside rim is not symmetrical.  If intentional, why?  Bird motif is iconic to the area and shows up occasionally on pottery.  Bowl is slightly smaller than the original.  Cleanly fired.  Beautiful Blacks and Whites.

4" x 8.5”  

 

SOLD

#153 Gallup Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Online auction site, private collection from the 40's

The linear geometric designs adorning the inner walls of this bowl are so finely painted in ferrous red mineral and then reduce to black.  Fired at the Southwest Kiln Conference 2015, Safford, Arizona

4" x 9.25"

 

Personal Collection 

#180  Black Mesa Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Brooklyn Museum, Expedition of 1903. 

The Black Mesa type is from the Northern Arizona area.  The design on the bowl speaks volumes of the ancient artist's talent. Zoom in to see the "ticks" decorating the tips of the scrolls.   Superbly fired and super beautiful. 3.5" x 8.25"  

 

SOLD

Aztec New Mexico Morris Collection Black-on-White Bowl

#111 Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Aztec Ruin, Aztec, New Mexico.  Original excavated by Earl Morris.

Large bowl, very nice.  Whites are clean.  Slight burn out/lightening of the blacks.  Well made and one of my favorites.  5.25" x 11"  

 

SOLD   

Mesa Verde Museum Replication
Early Pueblo Pottery
Early Pueblo Pitcher

#252     8 "Eyes" Pitcher

Reference: Mesa Verde Museum - on display

Everyone gets enamored by the highly decorated and detailed pieces of the PIII period.  But to some artist, with her yucca brush in hand, this felt like enough... and it is.  Well fired with a small amount of kiln carbon on the whites. 

4.5" tall x 5.25" wide with handle

 

$50

#218  Pitcher with Black on White Geometric Design, 900-1300.

Reference: Brooklyn Museum, New York

Absolutely a beauty, both the original and the replication.  Perfectly fired.  The slip is unctuous and smooth.  The blacks are strong on one side and start to "ghost" (get lighter from the extreme kiln heat) on the other.  8.5" tall x 7" diameter.

 

SOLD - ($500)

Edge of the Cedars Mineral Replication
Pueblo II Mineral Pitcher
Mineral Pitcher

#256 Chaco Style Pitcher

Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum 

Such creative design work. The lizard is fantastic BUT a corn maiden butterfly too!  And like the mug below, one of my early experiments with reducing mineral paint to black.  Still some things to learn from this one, but stay posted as it will become available at a later date.   5” x 4.5”

SOLD

Colorado Plateau Pottery
Mesa Verde Pitcher

#291 Mesa Verde Pitcher

Reference: Artist Inspired 

Black-on-White!  Enough said.  How I dream they will all turn out. Exceptional long bowed handle going from the rim to the base versus the more common rim to lower neck.  Well fired and beautiful.

5.75” tall  x 5.5” wide with handle

 

  SOLD ($325)

#184 Chaco Black-on-White Pitcher 

The original was taken from Room 326, Pueblo Bonito, and appears in N. M. Judd's papers. A fantastic design that screams Chaco Canyon. Rings like a bell and truly Black-on-White.  Undoubtably one of the best pieces I have ever made.  5.25" x "6.5" including handle.

 

SOLD ($400)

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#280 Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

The tall tubular shape, smooth surface, and four strap type handles, make this a special jar.

Less than 200 have ever been found, some with a chocolate chemical signature inside.  

4.5" x 9.75"

$400

Chaco Jar
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#282  Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

Of the nearly 200 hundred Chaco jars known, the average size is 4.25" x 9.5".   This one, just slightly smaller, has strap handles that set a bit lower, nearly mid point.  Some slight smudging on the side that faced down in the kiln.  Structurally sound.

3.75" x 8.75"

$300

Pueblo Bonito Pottery

#292  Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

This jar is fired to perfection.  Beautiful fine line hatching fills the triangular design blocks.

4" x 10"

SOLD ($500)

Chaco Jar
Chaco Jar

#293  Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

How the design migrates around the jar but still continues to interlock perfectly makes one realize the capability of the master artists of the ancient world. This jar is slightly grey and sadly developed a fine line crack about 1" long coming down from the rim during firing.  It has been repaired and nearly invisible.  A really pretty jar.

4.5" x 10.75"

SOLD

#206  Mesa Verde Mug, PIII

Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

Replication.  Fascinating that the original artist started on one side of the handle with a grid of 132 squares and ended on the other side with only 49. It's possible that we share the trait of beginning a project with elaborated expectations.  3.75" x 5.75" with handle

 

SOLD ($400) 

Mesa Verde mug

#125  Mesa Verde Mug

Reference:  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

Even thought this mug is not an actual replication, it was still made in an authentic manner.  Fired by the masters at the Southwest Kiln Conference, Safford, Arizona.  Excellent piece.  3.75" x4.5" with handle

 

$250

Mesa Verde Mug
Ancestral Puebloan Pottery

#250 Mesa Verde Mug

Reference:  Mesa Verde Museum

A stunning design covers every square inch of this mug as well as an interesting cut out in the handle.  A large and beautifully fired mug.

4.25" tall x 6" wide with handle

 

SOLD  ($300)

#215  Mesa Verde Effigy Mug

Reference:  Photo in the Salt Lake Tribune, original piece from S.E. Utah

This little mug, maybe for a child, is so much more than special with a four legged animal standing on the handle. Perfectly fired.   3" x  4.5" with handle 

 

SOLD ($250) 

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#217  Mesa Verde Mug

Reference: Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores, Colo., Chappell Collection

This mug has a very detailed, well laid out design, consisting of interlocking stepped clouds.  

The original was found with nine bone beads inside.  Flawlessly fired.  3.5" x 5" with handle

 

$275

#207  PII Black-on-White Mug

Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

This design just speeks to me.  Reminds me of birds flying... migration? north or south?  I replicated it to the dot sequence on the handle. I feel it is my responsibility to not judge or try to understand the intention of the artist, but simply to pass it on.  For the time being... I am keeping this one.  But could make you one just like it.

 

Personal Collection, NFS

#216  Large Mesa Verde Mug

Reference:  Photo in the Salt Lake Tribune, original piece from Four Corners area

Think of the time and dedication it took not only to lay out this design but to paint it as well.  Luckily the firing gods were happy and cleaned up all the little tiny specks of white.  Quite an accomplishment in an open air trench firing.  5.75" tall x 6" wide with handle

 

 SOLD ($450)

#214 Mesa Verde Canteen, PIII

Reference: Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores, Colo., Chappell Collection  Both the original and the replication are of the best quality.  Only one tiny fire cloud near one handle. Easily one of my bests pieces to date.

5" x 6"

 

$350

Black-on White Canteen Reroduction

#113 McElmo Black-on-White Canteen

Replication: Aztec Ruin, Aztec, New Mexico

Nice grapefruit sized shape. Warm oxidized tones around rim. Original found while digging a ditch near the ruin. Dated 1100 -1400 A.D.  4.25" x 4.5"

 

SOLD ($285)

#104 McElmo Black-on-White Canteen

Replication: Edge of the Cedars, Blanding, Utah 

Heavily oxidized on the top causing brilliant orange and warm tones. Structurally sound. 

5.5" x 6"  

 

Personal Collection

#222  Olla

This is not an exact replication as it is slightly smaller than the original but painted the same. It was found in the Aztec West Ruin by Earl Morris in the "refuse above room 138." 

9.5" x 12" including handles

 

SOLD 

Black-on-White Ladle

#278 Flat Ladle     Reference: Online photo.  Provenience unknown

Love the "hairy lizard" and while painting the bowl interior, it occured to me that this pattern probably represented dried cob corn.  I suspect this lizard was always in the corn stash and so the story is told.  Some interesting coloration.  Strong and well fired.   

4.5"wide x 9" long

$125

Colorado History Museum
Organic Paint

#283 McElmo Effigy Seed Jar

Reference: Colorado History Museum, on display

Beautifully painted shape with a tiny head and a "feathered" tail.  A special place to store anything of value, especially next years seed crop.  Whites are clean and the piece has a nice sheen.   

3.75" tall x 5.25" wide (not including head and tail)

$150

#202  Cortez Knobbed Seed Jar

Reference: rarepottery.com

Replication.  Two things make this piece special, a reduced ferrous mineral paint AND that it was fired at 2016 Southwest Kiln Conference in Springerville, Arizona.   Exceptionally unique piece with the three horn like points protruding from the rim.  3" x 5.5"

 

SOLD

#220 Mancos B/W Effigy Container

Reference: www.rarepottery.com

Birds, birds, birds - The ancient world is full of their images on rock and ceramic. Parrots, carried hundreds of miles from southern tropical areas, must have had a great importance.  Incredibly smooth and well balanced replication.  5" x 5.5"

 

NFS at this time 

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#165  Red Mesa Black-on-White Bird Effigy

Reference:  www.rarepottery.com

Birds, birds, birds - The ancient world is full of their images on rock and ceramic.  This small effigy bird vessel is painted with ground mineral exactly like the original.  Very detailed and quite unique.  3" x 4.5" x 2.5" 

 

$100

Edge of the Cedars Blanding Utah

#042 Black-on-White Bighorn Effigy

Reference:  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

The actual piece was found by a hiker only a few years ago.  It's a pitcher, being completely hollow inside.  Notice the cloven hoof and the little upward curled tail.  When I replicate, I try to get the piece as near to exact size as possible (challenging because both air drying and firing, shrink the piece) and paint it as they did.  Notice that each side is slightly different, one having six "staircases", the other seven.  Also the "staircases" always descend from upper left to lower right, on both sides.  Easier to paint that way IF you are right handed.   2.75" x 6.75" x 8.75"  Pueblo II    

 

Personal Collection

Redwares

San Jaun Redwares
Southwest pottery replication
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#297 Black-on-Red Jar

Seed jars held the most important things... like next years planting seeds.  The deep red Chinle formation slip shows areas of greenish-yellow on the bottom where oxygen was sparse.  Common to see this in ancient pieces as well.  3.25" x 5.5"  

$100

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#298 Redware Pitcher

Simply little pitcher with wild manganese paint.

5.5" x 5" with handle  

$100

Black-on-Red Gourd Pitcher
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#314 Gourd Pitcher

Gourd inspired ladles and pitchers show up in late Basketmaker as well as early Pueblo periods.  Usually not slipped, this one was my excitement to try out a new found clay. Burnished up super shiny. Love the profile on this piece.

5.5" x 4.25" with handle  

$200

Feather Box
Southwest Pottery Replication

#320 Feather Box

Reference: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Feather boxes are quite rare.  Only know of a few of which all but one are redwares.  The Denver Museum of Nature and Science list this as Abajo Red-on-Orange.  1.5" x 5.75"  

SOLD

Anasazi Featherbox
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#315 Feather Box

Reference: Online Auction

Tucked in kiva wall niches, left with feathers inside, one has to wonder the value of these tiny round boxes. The auction claims this piece is from the Four Corners area but actual provenience is lost.   

1.5" x 5.5"  

SOLD

Deadman's Black-on-Red Ladle
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Canyon of the Ancients Pottery Replication

#322 Deadman Black-on-Red Ladle

Reference: Canyon of the Ancients Museum, Dolores CO

Only slipped in the interior.  The deep red/orange sets the black mineral paint off stunningly.  I intentionally left the handle and backside a bit gritty because that is how the original is as well.

1.5" x 5.5"  

SOLD ($150)

Edge of the Cedars National Park Museum Replication
Deadman's Black-on-Red
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#316

Reference: Edge of the Cedars Museum, Blanding, Utah

The most vibrant slip I have found in southeast Utah, set the background for the rim centered design.  Great when all the searching is rewarded with the best materials around.  3.75" x 5.75"  

$225

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#321 Feather Box

Reference: Artist Inspired

Another wild slip clay that amazed me in the fire.  Fires pinkish orange with a yellow blush... or visa-versa.  Each end of this box has an endless scroll, while a beaded design drapes the mouth of the jar.  Can't wait to play more with this clay.

2.5" x 4.5"  

SOLD ($100)

Abajo Red-on-Orange Pottery
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#317 Abajo Red-on-Orange Bowl

Reference: Canyon of the Ancients Museum

The dark red Corn Maiden, complete with hair whorls and long lizard like legs, completely fills the bottom of this bowl.  Finding this exact body clay was a challenge. Love the direct simpleness of these early redwares. 

3" x 7"  

SOLD ($185)

Alkali Ridge, San Juan County Utah
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#323 Abajo Red-on-Orange gourd pitcher

Reference: Alkali Ridge, J.O. Brew excavations, Site 13

Piece is not slipped and has many haphazardly applied zig zags of hematite.  The natural smear of the bright red dust, brings vibrancy to the entire piece.

4" x 5.75"  

SOLD ($125)

Greywares

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#312  Small Corrugated Jar

Jar has 26 rows of right thumb "high reach" pinch!  This jars is similar to #308 & #311 but gave the pinch my own personal twist.  Finally I can do this... seeing the wave.

4.5" tall x 4" wide

 

$90

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#310  Corrugated Jar

Jar has 32 rows of left hand index finger pinch often seen in Mesa Verde jars.  The exact placement of the pinches takes hours to get just right but when achieved gives the illusion of weaving, letting your eye get lost in the diagonal lines both left and right. 

5.5" tall x 4.75" wide

 

$185

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#313  Corrugated Jar

Jar has 34 rows of right thumb "high reach" pinch.  This jar is testament to practice.  Even though three small finished jars preceded it, I probably started another 25... at least.  Nice that the raw clay is easily recycled.  Love this one.  

6" tall x 5.5" wide

 

SOLD ($185)

Corrugated Mug
Slipped Corragation Mug

#233  Corrugated Mug

Corrugation, most commonly used in cooking jars, also appears in unique forms such as bowls and mugs which occasionally have a coating of white slip. 15 rows of pinching.  Structurally sound and rustic.  Artist Inspired

3" x 4.5" with handle

 

$50

Mesa Verde Corrugated Pot
Anasazi Corrugation

#259  Corrugated Cooking Jar

Jar has 52 rows of left hand index finger pinch.  The egg like shape and everted rim place it in the Pueblo III period.   Painted by the fire, this piece has beautiful smoke clouds and carbon shadowing.

7.5" x 7.25"

 

Sold ($300)

#197  Corrugated Mug

Reference: Earl Morris Memorial Collection, Museum of Natural History, Boulder, Colorado

Corrugation, most commonly used in cooking jars, sometimes appears in unique forms such as bowls and mugs.  This piece was intentionally smudged, making it look as though it had been used.  3.5" x 4.5" with handle

 

SOLD ($100)

Lino Grayware

#160 Lino Grey Double Pitcher, PI 550 A.D.

The actual piece popped up on Ebay.  Such a one of a kind vessel.  I replicated it to the inch and curve.  In my interpretation, the two vessels  onbecome one in the bottom area.  Now if we only new what it might have been used for.  3" x 5"

 

Personal Collection

Plains Pottery

Plains Woodland Pottery
Cord Impressed Replication Pottery

#244  Plains Woodland Jar

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period sherds from Eastern Colorado

Conical bottom with slight incurving rim.  Right leaning cord impression. Fired with willow, cottonwood bark and chips.  No cracks!  Man the fire gods painted up some magic on this one!

 10" x 13"   

 

SOLD

 Magic Mountain Woodland Pottery
Golden History Museum

#240 Plains Woodland Jar

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period sherds from Eastern Colorado

Conical bottom with straight walls.  Cord impressed.    

9" x 13.5"   

 

SOLD - On display, along with authentic artifacts from the Magic Mountain Site, at the Golden History Museum, Golden, Colorado

#242  Transitional Period Cooking Jar

Between the Early and Middle Ceramic Period on the Plains, approximately 1000 A.D., a somewhat transitional pot appears with a much smaller, receding conical bottom and a more pronounced incurving rim.  Left leaning cord impression.  Beautiful coloration.

8.25" x 8.75"

 

($150)  SOLD

Plains Woodland Pottery

#241  Plains Woodland Cooking Jar

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period sherds from Eastern Colorado

Conical bottom, straight rim and left leaning cord impression.  Jar developed a short fine line crack coming down from the rim during firing, which has been repaired. Nearly unnoticeable.  Love the warm gold colors mixed with the grays on this piece. 

 8" x 12.5"   

 

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Early Cermaic Plains Woodland

# 200  Early Ceramic Plains Woodland

This piece, made completely authentically on the Plains of Eastern Colorado, was featured in my Youtube video (see link on the "Home" page of this website.)  Fired to the right temperature, in the right atmosphere, producing the right color and no cracks!!!  The best of my Plains Woodland jars so far.  

10" x 15"

 

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Ft. Morgan Museum

#146 Classic Plains Woodland Jar

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period sherds as well as the 12" section of a conical bottom in the Ft. Morgan Museum collections.  Conical bottom, straight walls and cord impressed.  This is a BIG BIG pot which matches the dimensions of the original. Over a thousand years ago this would have existed on the prairie.  Amazing. The firing gods painted this one real pretty as well.    

12.5" x  19.5"   

 

SOLD - On display at the Ft. Morgan Museum, Ft. Morgan , Colorado

#051 Late Transitional Plains Woodland Inspired.

Inspiration: Transitional pots between Plains Woodland and Upper Republican period,

1100 A.D.  Heavy bodied cooking pot with somewhat conical rounded bottom.  Cord impressed.  10" x 11"  

 

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#045 Upper Republican Phase Pot

Inspiration:  Carlson Chimney Canyon vessel,  Middle Ceramic Period,  Early Plains Village tradition.  900-1450 A.D.  Cord impressed. Beautiful smoke clouds.  Fired with chips and grass. No signature.  7.5" x 8"  

 

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Upper Republican Eastern Colorado Logan County Reproduction

#105  Upper Republican Cooking Pot

Replication: Donovan-Hobbs-Lewis Canyon vessel, Sterling, CO., Middle Ceramic Period, 990-1260 A.D.  Cord impressed, rounded bottom, collard rim with four horizontal incised line designs.  Oxidized with smoke clouds.  Nice pot representing a slightly more sedentary plains people.  7.5" x 8.5"       

 

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Plains Woodland Early Ceramic Jar

#082 Early Ceramic, Plains Woodland Vessel

Inspiration: Multitudes of sherds and the base portion of a similar vessel at the Ft.Morgan Museum, Ft. Morgan, CO. Strong conical bottom with straight walls, no shoulders.  Cord impressed and low fired in a limited oxidation atmosphere.  As far as I know (in private and museum collections) there are only "pieces" of this particular type of vessel from the Plains. The ratio of height to width was determined using existing reference jars from the same culture and the time period found in Western Nebraska and Kansas, determining the over all size of the vessel.  This substantially large jar was possibly used for cooking the marrow from the long bones of Bison and rendering visceral fat.  The pointed bottom helps the pot stand upright when pressed into a bed of coals, cord impression's keep the outside surface of the pot cooler to touch and also possibly help the clay walls withstand the temperature variations of open fire cooking.  

This is the pot that started it all.    11.5" x 17.5"  

 

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