Vintage Juanita Taos Pueblo Pottery Bowl Incised Signature Micaceous Clay which shows lovely smudge marks of hand firing Circa: 1960 6.75" Diameter: 3.75" Height (sizes are approximate) Excellent Condition - No chips or cracks. There is a dark wing-like mark in the bottom, but it is a color variation in the clay and not a flaw. An older hand formed piece from the Taos Pueblo is of micaceous clay. The clay, most frequently found in the Sangre de Christo Mountain Range, is rich in Mica, which not only gives the sparkling appearance to the bowl but also adds strength to the piece.
Traditionally fired in an open pit using wood and bark from the Pinon and Ponderosa pine these beautiful pieces often are marked with gray smoke or "fire clouds" resulting from touching or being very near to the burning timber.