This is Anita’s version of the classic Rio Grande melon bowl. In her firings, to make a black pottery piece, the fire must be smothered to create an oxygen free atmosphere, a technique called reduction firing. The potters accomplish this by covering the outside walls of their traditional firing tents with pieces of tin or metal. This protects the unfired clay piece. Then this is completely covered with pulverized horse manure. It is the manure that keeps out all the oxygen and produces the beautiful black finish.

3 3/8” high by 5” wide