Pottery by Juan Tafoya of San Ildefonso Pueblo                                 Page 2 of 5

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Juan places the dried cow chips around the covered pots.
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Mom standing at the firing pit. The pots are on top of a grate covered with tin, then cow chips, and then twigs.
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Juan and Mom watching the fire.
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Juan and Mom watching the fire. It gets a bit smokey in the shed, but it surprisingly does not smell bad.
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Juan warming himself by the fire while talking to Mom.
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A closeup of the burning cow pies in the pit during the firing of the pottery. Through the opening in the corner you can see the grate and the tin covering.
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A closeup of the burning cow pies in the pit during the firing of the pottery. Through the opening in the corner you can see the grate and the tin covering.
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Juan is now covering the smoldering pit with very odiferous horse manure, which is instrumental in producing the black-on-black color of the pottery. NOW there is a very distinctive odor in the shed!
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Juan is now covering the smoldering pit with very odiferous horse manure, which is instrumental in producing the black-on-black color of the pottery. NOW there is a very distinctive odor in the shed!
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Juan pokes a few holes in the horse pile to allow air in, so the burning can continue.
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Juan pokes a few holes in the horse pile to allow air in, so the burning can continue.
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Juan relaxing and talking with us in his studio while we wait for the pots to finish firing.
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Juan relaxing and talking with us in his studio while we wait for the pots to finish firing.
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Juan relaxing and talking with us in his studio while we wait for the pots to finish firing.
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Juan relaxing and talking with us in his studio while we wait for the pots to finish firing.
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A detail of the door to Juan Tafoya's adobe studio on the San Ildefonso Pueblo in North Central New Mexico.

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