fired clay with piñon pitch 14 7/8 x 11 1/8 in. (37.8 x 28.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B
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Louise Goodman makes rope pots by twisting coils of clay into a cylinder. She smoothes the inside of the clay, but leaves the outside rough to show the separate coils. This is a difficult technique, because each coil needs to be evenly rolled and carefully joined to create a uniform finish. She then fires the clay in a pit, allowing the smoke to create patches of color known as "fire clouds."
decorative arts - ceramic