Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potters

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It is morning, and Gia (grandma) Rose sets out to the clay pit to dig the brown-orange clay they will need for their work as potters.

 

It is morning, the sun is not very high in the sky, and Gia (grandma) Rose sets out with some of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the clay pit to dig the brown-orange clay they will need for their work as potters. Into the next days and weeks, as Clay-Old-Woman, the spirit of the clay, watches over their work, the family prepares the clay, and grownup and children “laugh and talk while they coil, pinch, press, an smooth the clay into bowls and figures of animals and people.” Still later, they gather again to fire the pieces. Rina Swentzell is a noted potter, scholar and activist, and her presence is felt throughout Children of Clay

 

Author: Rina Swentzell (Tewa)

Illustrations: Color photos by Bill Steen

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1992

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Tewa