Getting water, ca. 1908. Water is precious in New Mexico, and every source was used by the Indians. These women are filling their water jars ar a bedrock pool that has filled with rain water. The polychrome designs on both pots contain highly stylized bird or parrot images.
Maria Martinez - Potter of San Ildefonso Pueblo, ca. 1941. The potter begins her pot by molding the bottom in a shallow dish. The sides are then built up by adding coils of clay that are pinched into place around the circumference of the pot. Against the house wall finished pots cure and dry in the sun. When they are thoroughly dry they will be slipped, polished, and fired.