Reserve Smudged - CA. 1050-1200

In the Reserve region, little painted pottery appears to have been locally made. Smudged pottery may have been the alternative service and table ware. The interiors of these bowls were slipped, then fired in a reducing atmosphere, which caused the hematite in the clay to be converted to black magnetite. This was often highly polished to produce an iridescent surface of high quality.

Characteristics

Paste: Pinkish tan to dark brown
Temper: Light sand
Surface: Red-brown to gray-brown
Forms: Mostly bowls
Design: No painted designs. Interiors are treated by smudging, which is often polished to iridescent.


BOWL

Starkweather Ruin
Reserve, New Mexico
LMA 22425/1

The interiors of smudged bowls were often polished to a lustrous shine.


BOWL

8" diameter
Starkweather Ruin
Reserve, New Mexico
LMA 22423/3


BOWL

5-3/4" square
Hudson Ruin
Reserve, New Mexico
LMA 22273