One of a Kind Offerings from the Fire


AUTHENTICALLY made using wild materials and practices.  

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Ancestral Puebloan Pottery 


#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




#311  Small Corrugated Jar

Jar has 28 rows of right thumb/index finger pinch or whatever happens!  This jars is similar to #308 representing a new type of pinch. Beautiful color and fire clouds on this one.

4.5" tall x 4" wide




#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




#313  Corrugated Jar

Jar has 34 rows of right thumb "high reach" pinch.  This jar is testament to practise.  Even though three small finished jars proceeded 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



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



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 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



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”


NFS at this time   

Edge of the Cedars Museum Mineral Mug
Black-on-White Mineral Painted Pottery

#257 Mug

Reference:  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

A stunning design covers every square inch of this mug.  But the coolest thing is that it is painted with mineral instead of organic paint.  It's still a challenge for me to consistently reduce mineral paint to black in a prehistoric kiln.  So for now I have to keep this one as a teaching tool.  

4.25" tall x 5" wide with handle



Colorado Plateau Pottery
Corrugated Bowl
Painted Corrugation

#264  Painted Corrugated Bowl 

This bowl has 22 rows of left hand thumb pinch and an amazingly well thought out design of steps and moons.  Often in the first few turns of corrugation a slight separation will occur on the interior.  This one has one but nearly invisible to the naked eye and does not affect the integrity of the piece.  (zoom in on first photo)  2.5" x 5.75"



Painted Corrugated Bowl
Corrugated Bowl

#265  Black-on-White Painted Corrugated Bowl 

Exterior of the bowl has 25 rows of left hand thumb pinch.  Inside, the star with one missing black triangle as well as the checkerboard pattern, mesmerize the eye.  Beautifully Fired.

2.75" x 6"


Sold ($200)

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)

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"



Ancestral Puebloan Mug
Ancient Ceramics

#277 Small Mesa Verde Mug

Lots of things can happen in the trench kiln.  And many of them go unexplained.  The paint nearly burnt out leaving beautiful warm tones behind.  Definitely painted by the fire.  Has a good ceramic sound.

2.5" tall x 3.75" wide with handle



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


Mesa Verde Ladle
Mesa Verde Ladle
Black-on-White Ladle

#279  Mesa Verde Ladle

Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

A very large ladle with a eyelet curl of clay on the handle tip, probably for hanging or attaching a corded thong.  The handle's perforations keep it from exploding during firing.  Little bits of atmospheric kiln gases cling to the outside surface (common in the prehistoric pieces) and some blacks have a warm tone.  Ladles are tough to make and fire due to the small connection of the bowl and handle.  

5.25" bowl width x 13.5" long


 Sold ($300)

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"



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!

Corrugated Pottery
Ancestral Puebloan Corrugated Pottery

#266 Corrugated Cooking Jar

When hiking in the Southwest, observing corrugated sherds, one realizes that MANY styles of pinching occurred creating infinite patterns.  The challenge for me is to replicate them.  Jar has 40 rows of left hand thumb pinch.  

5.75" wide x 6.25" tall



Chaco Jar
Chaco Jar
Chaco Jar

#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"


Chaco Jar

#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"


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)


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"  


NFS - Personal Collection

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)

Pueblo Bonito Pottery

#292  Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

This jar is fired so perfectly.  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"


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)

Aztec Museum
Anasazi Pottery
Black-on-White Pottery

#236 Horned Jar         Reference: Aztec Museum

I am always in a state of experimentation.  I love that there was no written recipe on how this was all done. Painted with a combination of mineral and plant.  The paint varies in opaqueness and the slip has shadowy pink tones.  Has a very ancient quality.

7.5” x 9”   



Mesa Verde Corragation
Ancestral Pueblo Corragated
Mesa Verde Corragation Cooking Pot

#231  Corrugated Cooking Jar

Jar has 40 rows of left hand index finger pinch.  The egg like shape and everted rim place it in the Pueblo III period.   Fired at the 2017 annual Southwest Kiln Conference.  Has beautiful smoke clouds and an embossed spiral on one side.  Want to keep this one myself!

6.75" x 7"



Mesa Verde mug

#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”  



#208 Mesa Verde Bowl   Replication:  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah  

This bowl has exquisite linework design. Interior is divided into quarters, one painted completely different.  Also beautiful rim ticking consisting of two offset patterns. The inside has a little carbon still intact from the firing process, making it slightly grey.  Also there is a 3/4" super fine line rim crack on the interior that most people will never be able to see and doesn't effect the integrity of the bowls strength.   

4" x 9.25” 



#228  Pueblo III Bowl  

Reference: Chappell Collection, Canyon of the Ancients Museum, Dolores, Colorado

The black paint is starting to “ghost” (lighten and become transparent) as the hot fire began to burn it out the carbon deposit which also makes the white areas super clean.  Fantastic design as well as rim ticking.   

3.25" x 7.5”  



#232 Chaco Pitcher

Reference: Earl Morris Collection, Colorado State Museum, Boulder, Colorado  

Painted with mineral instead of the plant which is used on most of the pieces.  Has a slight warm tone to the black.  Exceptional unique handle going from the rim to the base versus the more common rim to lower neck.  Personally love this piece.   6” x 4.5”   



#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



#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)

#202  Cortez Knobbed Seed Jar


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"



#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) 

#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"



#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



#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) 


#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



#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)

#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)

#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

#205  Tin Cup Polychrome Bowl

Reference: J.O. Brew, Peabody Expedition, 1939 sherds

This bowl is a test piece, trying out geographically correct clays and minerals, in an attempt to match the archaeological record.  Tin Cup Poly is very rare, few whole vessels exist.   3" x 7"


Personal Collection  

#221  Mancos B/W Lizard Bowl


Anything that includes an animal in the design opens a window to the mind's of the ancient people. What did lizards represent? Is this one about to give birth?  Or was it just something cute that fit in the space?  Absolutely a fine replication.  3" x 5.75" 


Sold ($150)

#220 Mancos B/W Effigy Container


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 

#209 Mesa Verde Ladle

Reference: Mesa Verde National Park Museum, Colorado

The original sits in one of the glass cabinets of the museum. It portrays common symbols of zig-zags and interlocking L's. The handle's perforations keep it from exploding during firing.  Little bits of atmospheric kiln gases cling to the outside surface, also common in the prehistoric pieces. Ladles are tough to make due to the connection of the bowl and handle.  5" x 11.5"


 SOLD - ($325)

#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


#165  Red Mesa Black-on-White Bird Effigy


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" 



#177  Mesa Verde Black-on-Whte Bowl

Reference: A small rim sherd near Owl Canyon, Cedar Mesa, Utah

When I came upon this sherd while hiking, I knew it had to be brought back to life. This piece, just as the sherd, speaks for itself.  Perfect.  2.5" x 7.25"  


SOLD - ($300)

#179  Piedra Black-on-White Dipper

This scoop resembles a portion of a gourd or squash.  The painted design is inspired by a vessel in the Earl Morris Memorial Collection, but mostly artist inspired. High fired and perfectly balanced.  2" x 3.25" x 6.25"  


 SOLD - ($125) 




#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"  



#181  Mesa Verde Black-on-White Ladle

Reference: Inspired by the Earl Morris Memorial Collection

The design in the cup of this ladle is often seen in bowls, including the rim ticking. Ladles can be challenging as the handle is quite fragile, especially in the firing process. 1.25" x 6"  



#183 Dogozhi Black-on-White Bowl

Reference; Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 1050-1200A.D.

A beautiful white firing clay, Bee Plant painted with a yucca brush. Perfection.  This piece was done as a commission and I couldn't be happier with it.  3.5" x 8"  


SOLD ($350) 

#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.



#186 Chaco Black-on-White Pitcher 

The original of this pitcher is in the Earl Morris Collection. A photo appears in "Anasazi Pottery", Lister and Lister, 1978.  Fantastic design of wave like curls charging up from the base and hanging from the rim. 6.75" x 5.75" without handle


SOLD ($400)

#175 Black-on-White Rattle Ladle

Reference: Edge of the Cedars Museum, Blanding, Utah

This piece has a hollow handle, filled with bits of clay that rattle when shaken.  All that exists of the original is the bowl portion which tells the story of 9 ducks and a worm or plant.  Open to your interpretation.  

1.75" x 9"  


Anasazi Effigy, Edge of the Cedars Museum

#133 Effigy Pitcher


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

Getting to measure and photograph the original makes replicating to the inch and brushstroke a much easier process.  

3" x 8" (Photo below is of original piece)














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)

Effigy Bird Box Southwest Colorado

#107 Black-on-White Effigy Bird Box  

3.75" x 6.25" 



McElmo Black-on-White Bowl

#117  McElmo Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Sherd near Owl Canyon, Cedar Mesa, Utah

One of my favorite things to do, using a single sherd to recreate a vessel. This bowl was exposed during firing causing two reactions, a yellow colored oxidized area and a very fine crack in the bottom. It also has an interesting fire cloud. Luckily the bowl is still very strong and secure.

 5.5" x 9"  


SOLD ($100)

#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

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"  




#058 Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl

Inspiration: a single 2" x 2" pottery sherd

Really exciting to see a sherd come back to life in full form. Outside is fairly grey.  Also a fine line 2" rim crack, that doesn't effect the stability. The high temperature in the kiln warped it's roundness a little, a wonderful piece.  3.5" x 8.25"  



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

#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 

Research and testing concerned with matching the archaeological record, is progressing on the Colorado Redwares. Pieces should be available soon!  Here's what's been happening thus far.

#192 - Tusayan, Tsegi Orange

Reference: Southwest Virtual Museum

5" x 5.5"







#203 - Abajo Red-on-Orange

Reference: J.O. Brew, Archaeology of Alkali Ridge Southeast Utah, Peabody Museum

3" x 7"  SOLD





#194 - Abajo Red-on-Orange

2.5" x 6"








#166 Deadmans Black-on-Red

Slightly overfired. 

3.5" x 8.75"

#191 - Deadmans Black-on-Red

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

3.5" x 6.75"






#190- Deadmans Black-on-Red


3.5" x 8.5"







#189 - LaPlata Black-on-Red

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

3" x 7.75"





#193 Techado Polychrome

Original much larger and in the "Rock Art Ranch" Collection, Arizona

4" x 4.5" NFS

Plains 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"   



#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

#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"   



# 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"


Personal Collection 

#199 Early Ceramic Plains Woodland


9" x 13.5"



#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"  



#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"  



Plains Woodland Transitional Phase Cermaics

#013 Late toTransitional Plains Woodland Cooking Pot

Replication: Franktown Cave Vessel, Early Ceramic Period/Early Plains Village, 1060 A.D.

Conical bottom, cord impressed pattern.  9.5" X 10"



Early Ceramic Plains Woodland Reproduction Pottery

#017 Early Plains Woodland Pot

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period vessels of Eastern Colorado Conical bottom with straight walls.  Cord impressed. One row fingernail decoration around rim.  

9" x 10"   



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"       



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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