and no glaze is ever used.
Most potters sun-dry their pots before firing them outdoors in a pit or open fireplace, which--depending on how and where wood is placed on or in it during the process--produces a unique mottled pattern of black, tan, orange, and/or or brown that makes the smooth but unglazed final product so distinctive.
This was my sons favorite part of course ;) the arrowheads!
These are the pieces I bought. A little duck and this pitcher.
See this beautiful candle holder below? Well, one of the men we go to church with saw us at the festival. He was there selling his pottery. He was so honored that we would come all the way down there and teach our children about their heritage. We feel blessed to associate with them and learn from their heritage. He told us to wait and came back with this sweet candle holder. All clay and hand crafted. He placed it in my husbands hands and told him to have it and know that we are loved by the Catawba Nation and him. It was so touching. It is so beautiful and sits on my mantle. Each night I light the candle and warmth quickly fills the room because of the love we have for this area and the Catawba people.
Laugh, eat, and love today.
Aren't we a lucky group of people to take a day and reflect on the good in life?
Thanksgiving is the best!