Shaping a San Marcos Pot
Step 1: Working without a wheel...

Beginning with a mixture of sand ("grog") and clay, the potter shapes the coarse red clay into a cone by rolling it on the ground. The narrow end of the cone is placed on a pottery shard set into a palm-sized pit in the ground. This arrangement acts like a ball-and-socket joint allowing the pot to be rotated as it is formed.
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