We then took the clay chunks back to el ranchero and processed it by mixing it with water, filtering out sediment, and increasingly refining the clay into a smooth plastic form. This process took several days: settling and filtering until finally a smooth red clay emerges.
Students continue to finish las ollas by sanding, burnishing and painting. Hector demonstrates his mastery of painting, applying intricate lines, shapes, and color patterns.
The following is a photo collection documenting the last several days in process, including the final firing which occurred today, October 17th.
Jane painting olla next to the acequia
Jen painting the leg-less mule, Estaban
Graciela warming pots in the oven
Preparing firing area
Color pots getting ready to be fired.
Wood stacked around the pots
Students check out ollas post firing