pottery in a southwest Pueblo: Copyright © 1995-2001, The Denver Public
Library, Western History Collection
Maria and Julian Martinez together created this style of Pueblo pottery. First the
surface of the bowl was polished, then the area around the figure (the dull part)
was painted with thinned red clay slip. A fire is built under and on top of the pots,
reducing the oxygen around the pots and causes them to turn black. The polished portions
look shiny and the area around the figure that was painted with slip looks dull.