Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chamorro Pottery

I don't know much about pottery but one way to learn is by doing.

It is believed that one technique used to make pottery on Guam was with the paddle and anvil. Basically the clay was shaped by pounding it between two objects, the anvil held on one hand and a paddle in the other. 

Pottery anvils can be made of stone, hardened clay and I would guess even hardwood. I have not been able to find stone anvils to my liking so last night I made some clay anvils that I will fire to harden before I use them.

Next I will gather up some wood and carve out a few paddles.

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