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1922 Excerpt: ...outside. Thus the worker goes around and around
the pot, until it is completed. No wheel is known; the pot sits in
the sand or on a board. The necks of the smaller pots are made
separately, and luted on. The small drinking bowls are made
exceedingly thin, and in perfect form. The rim is trimmed with the
teeth, moistened with the tongue, and finished with the thumb nail.
When the pot is finished, it is allowed to stand in the shade until
it has hardened, then it is smoothed and polished. If it is a
cooking pot, it is fired at once; if it is to be painted, a thin
slip of very fine white clay is first applied, and when dry the
decoration is laid on with a strip of bamboo. Yellow clay is used
for yellow slip, and red stone for red slip. The large rough pots
are placed in a slow open fire, and thoroughly burned. The large
puberty pots are burned by placing them upside down on a tripod of
three smaller pots, and covering them with a great heap of dry
thorny bamboo, then a fire is built underneath, and fed with the
same material. By this method very little smoke is produced, and
the intensity of the heat can be controlled. The fine drinking
bowls are treated very differently: a large pot with a hole in the
bottom is placed on three stones, or more often three piles of
inverted pots and the bowls to be fired are inverted inside the
large pot. The first one is placed over the hole and ashes poured
around and over it, and others are inverted over this, until the
pot is full, or all are used. A slow fire is kept burning under the
large pot until all are well baked, then they are taken out one at
a time, and while hot, melted copal is poured over them. This
accounts for the glazed appearance characteristic of this pottery.
The various designs used in the decoration of ...
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