Once the basket is started, the weaver continues to wrap and stitch each “row” to the previous row.
Coiled basket from California. Made with native grasses.
Not all designs are geometric. Some are organic.
Coil baskets were woven so tightly that they could be used for cooking. .
Coiled baskets were sometimes decorated with other materials, such as feathers and beads, to appeal to tourists.
The native peoples of the American Southwest are famed for making beautiful pottery decorated with geometric patterns and designs of animals and people.
After she builds and smoothes her pottery, she carves traditional designs into the clay before it is fired.
Use a golf ball size piece of clay and form it into a smooth hamburger patty shape. It should be about 3/8 inch thick. Try not to handle it so much that it starts to get cracks on the surface.
Roll a coil of clay, about as thick as your little finger. Score, slip and blend it onto the base.
Continue adding coils. Be sure to close up all seams on the inside of your pot.