Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chamorro Pottery - Attempt 3

Anvil and paddle pottery making has proven a little more challenging than I had originally thought. In my third attempt I have sucessfully crafted two vessels.

The first is an oval bowl-like vessel, plain without lime impressions.

The second vessel is a tear-dropped shaped cooking vessel with a typical grooved impression made from a comb of coconut fiber. From what I have read and understand, the shape of the vessel allowed the heat from a cooking fire to uniformally heat the contents and the textured exterior is theorized as non-slip.

An interesting side note is how this vessel is similar in construction to cooking vessels found in North America. There is no cultural connectivity in how these vessels have the same characteristics other than to say that people from different areas of the ancient world found similar ways to meet the same challenges found in every day tasks.

These pots have not been fired yet, but I was so excited about how they turned out that I had to post them now. Once they have fully cured I will fire them in the kiln then test the cooking pot, perhaps making a pot of rice to see how it works.

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