This has a classic shape, but was it traditionally fired?
The wife of this husband and wife pair, Elizabeth Toya Medina, learned the art of traditional Zia pottery-making from her mother-in-law and still creates the forms of the pots by hand from homemade clay. She does utilize traditional Zia firing techniques.
Thank you. I know quite a bit about traditional Puebla pottery and it was really hard to discern the firing technique especially because of their glaze technique which "appears" to be applied after firing. Do you know if it is?
Elizabeth Medina typically applies a white slip to her vessels before firing to create a background for painted designs. She likely did the same in this case. However, just based on how bright the white is on that vessel, it was likely painted over after firing by Marcellus Medina.
That makes sense. Thanks for the conversation!!