Pueblo pottery dates back as far as 700CE and was entirely utilitarian. The arrival of railroads and tourists began the emergence of pottery as art. Pottery making is still very traditional with clay being gathered at historic sites. Pueblo pottery is hand-coiled, and no wheel is used – which makes the perfect symmetry of the pots even more impressive. Pots are still traditionally fired in an open pit fire outdoors. The fire can be smothered with sheep dung to turn the clay a deep black color. Many artists still hand paint their designs with natural pigments from materials gathered near their homes.
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