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Images of Tohono O'odham Polychrome Pottery Making Study
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    • Rolling up the last of the clay

    • Rolling up the last of the clay
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • After the third batch of mixed clay, Rupert rolls up the last clay from the cloth.
    • Polishing marks

    • Polishing marks
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Note the polishing marks.
    • Painting turtle

    • Painting turtle
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Painting turtle. All other design elements are geometric.
    • Finishing the black design

    • Finishing the black design
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Finishing the black design on the pot with the turtle.
    • Blackened bark of mesquite tree

    • Blackened bark of mesquite tree
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Mesquite tree with blackened bark with sap running down from cut. Sap is used to make paint shinier. Rupert did not use it this time.
    • Continuing black design with red triangles

    • Continuing black design with red triangles
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Starting the black design on the pot with red triangles. Rupert makes a row of black rectangular scrolls between the 2 bands of red triangles.
    • Black scroll work being applied

    • Black scroll work being applied
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Before finishing the upper row of black rectangular scrolls, Rupert starts making scrolls below the lower band of red triangles.
    • Black step design being applied

    • Black step design being applied
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert applies the black stepped design while his niece Michelle (Juanita's daughter) watches. She started learning to make pottery from her mother this year. She is 8 years old.
    • Painting the red design

    • Painting the red design
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert paints the red design first.
    • Screening through cupped hands

    • Screening through cupped hands
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Gathering and screening dark sand (not silica) in wash, one mile north of Angea's home.
    • Communal cooking area

    • Communal cooking area
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • The fire burning in the foreground is in the communal cooking area in South Hickiwan. The fire is to set the black design painted on with mesquite bark juice. Rupert paints under the ramada.
    • Working under the ramada

    • Working under the ramada
    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert working under the ramada. The hill with clay deposits is in the background.

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