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  1. Hello all, I have been researching the techniques used by the potters of Mata Ortiz for my university ceramic course. The goal of my research is to replicate the highly polished finish and intricate designs found on Mata Ortiz Pottery for my independent work in the class. So far, my research has been very fruitful and allowed me to identify the various techniques, traditional and improvised, by which I might achieve my goal in every aspect except capturing the colors present in many Mata Ortiz pots. I've taken to the forums to see if any of the members might be able to help me identify the minerals used to create the colors visible on a finished pot. I know that many potters achieve a matte black with manganese in their slip and a shiny black when a graphite (and sometimes manganese) mixture is burnished onto the pot. I also found that a matte rust red on pots is achieved by using red iron oxide in slip. It is the the other colors such as green, blue, yellow, deep red and white that I need help with. Here are some examples of pots I found with the mentioned colors present. There are plenty more examples, but I think these give a general idea of what colors I'd like to capture. The pots are fired in an oxidation environment to a cone temperature of anywhere from 022 to 010, my research never gave a single temperature. Any speculation on how the varying shades are achieved are also welcome. Thanks for any insight.
  2. Don't know if this will help with every shape but Hsinchuen Lin hand trims this square, wheel-thrown piece with a surform tool.
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