LITTLE COLORADO WHITE WARE
CORE: Construction: by coiling. Fired: in reducing atmosphere.
Color: dark gray, due to iron, not carbon, to light gray. Temper:
abundant opaque angular fragments of varying size, mostly fine,
usually gray or tan (sherd), quartz grains rare. Vessel walls:
medium strong to strong. Fracture: slightly crumbling. Surface
finish: bowl interiors and jar exteriors always coated with a
thin white or light oyster gray slip; usually fairly well polished;
often crazed; exterior bowls scraped, not well smoothed; often
somewhat bumpy, usually pitted; usually coated with thin white
slip or wash; not polished; often chalky; jar interiors usually
fairly well smoothed. Surface color: gray or white. Decoration:
painted, black, usually dense, dull, occasionally thin and watery
with brownish tint in most types; sometimes near glaze. Pigments:
carbon. Designs: bowl interiors and jar exteriors in all types;
rarely on bowl exteriors.
RANGE: Little Colorado River valley from Petrified Forest National
Monument to San Francisco Mountain region, also Tonto Basin, Verde
Valley, and upper Gila River drainages.
LITTLE COLORADO WHITE WARE TYPES