TUSAYAN WHITE WARE
Background: The principal difference between Tusayan Gray Ware
and Tusayan White Ware is that in types of the latter ware vessels
have a smoothed surface as a base for a black painted decoration.
This ware shares the same distribution and time as Tusayan Gray
CORE: Construction: by coiling. Fired: first in oxidizing and
then in reducing atmosphere. Color: usually light gray. Carbon
Streak: absent or infrequent. Temper: in most types fine or medium
quartz sand, sometimes almost invisible, but usually abundant
in quantity, occasional dark colored opaque angular fragments
in some types. Surface finish: exterior jar surfaces usually compacted
or coated with thin slip or wash; exterior bowl surfaces also
compacted or coated with thin slip on several types; slip, if
present, usually very thin; decorative surfaces moderately or
well-polished; scraping marks infrequent; undecorated surfaces
usually fairly well scraped or smoothed; scraping marks noticeable
though not usually conspicuous. Surface Color: bluish white, pearl
gray, or white. Forms: bowls, jars, dippers, colanders, mugs.
Decoration: painted. Paint: always black, usually fairly dense
and dull; often somewhat watery with tendency toward brownish
or purplish tint in thin spots; often gritty in some types; rarely
almost vitreous. Pigment: carbon, sometimes with traces of iron.
Designs: present in all types, usually confined to exterior jar
surfaces, interior bowl surfaces.
RANGE: generally all over northeastern Arizona from Little Colorado
River north to the San Juan River, west from Chinle Creek to the
Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. Northern strip in Arizona.
TUSAYAN WHITE WARE TYPES