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    • 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.
    • Separating the hematite

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Hematite as it is gathered is in the enamel bowl. Sifted hematite is in the ceramic bowl.
    • Fine pigment being separated

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • The dustlike pigment is separated from the larger particles to the right. The very fine pigment is swept back into the empty ceramic bowl.
    • Blowing to remove impurities

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert blows softly on the fine pigment to remove non-pigment particles.
    • Hematite ready for mixing

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Sifted hematite ready for mixing with water.
    • Sitting while breaking clay

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert breaks up big pieces of white clay with a rock.
    • Adding water to make red paint

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert mixes a small amount of water with the hematite to make the red paint. It thickens when left standing but can be thinned again easily.
    • Polishing the dried pots

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert polishes the dried pots by rubbing in a direction parallel to the coils.
    • Polishing dried pot

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert polishes the pots after they have dried. He uses the polishing stone his grandmother used.
    • Polishing marks

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

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert paints the red design first.
    • Pressing the three batches of clay together

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert presses the three batches of clay together and throws the amassed clay on the table several times.
    • Use of paint brush

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert uses a commercial water color brush. He breaks off the handle and wraps it with a strip of cloth to make the kind of handle he likes.
    • Polishing the paint

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • As soon as the red pigment dries, Rupert polishes it with a stone to make it shiny. He polishes it before it is completely dry. He must be careful not to rub any of it onto the white clay.
    • Using fingernail to mark pot

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • After making a red line around the rim, Rupert makes a line about 10 cm below the rim by scratching it with his fingernail.
    • Painting four equally spaced marks

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Rupert makes 4 equally spaced red marks on the rim.
    • Extending the marks down the pot

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • From the 4 marks at the rim, Rupert draws 4 lines down to the scratched line that parallels the rim.
    • Beginning of day, June 5th

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • June 5, early morning.
    • Fixing small cracks

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Small cracks can be fixed as long as the clay is not bone dry.
    • Painting the red design in

    • Teiwes, Helga
    • Ceramics; Tohono O'odham artists; Tohono O'odham pottery; Indian pottery
    • Painting the red design on the first pot.

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