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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Folk Art: Folk Ceramics: Coiled Pot
Coiled Pot

Coiled Pot
about 1986
Louise Goodman
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

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."

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