|Dr. Suzanne Griset explores the Museum ceramics collection with members|
As we work to prepare our collection of ollas for display in the new permanent exhibit (opening Spring 2015) her insight was incredibly helpful.
We learned some fascinating ceramic facts from Dr. Griset:
|This jar bottom became a bowl after breaking|
- Pottery probably came to the San Diego area by about 900 CE (Common Era), and made it to the Imperial Valley by 1000
- Handles are not seen on vessels in Southern California before Spanish Contact in 1540
- Cracks in vessels can be repaired by drilling small holes on either side of the crack and lacing together with yucca fiber or sinew
- Water jars have a life span of about 2 years where they will keep water cool. After 2 years salts penetrate the clay and it no longer cools water. They can be reused as something else, like cooking pots
- Stucco on pots lowers the thermal fracturing of clay- which makes it ideal for cooking pots that are in and out of the fire frequently!
- After 1880 the railroad brought new people to the Southwest. Tribes began selling pottery to the tourists and copying styles that sold well. The forms and designs of the Maricopa peoples became particularly popular
|Maricopa style ceramic frog|
Want to learn more about ceramics? Look for our Land of Extremes article in tomorrow's Imperial Valley Press!
|Dr. Suzanne Griset with a few of the pots you'll see in our permanent exhibit-Spring 2015!|