San Juan Pueblo
is located in north-central New Mexico. Traditionally
the pottery of San Juan has been plain polished red or polished black.
Also traditional is the style of applying the polished slip, in either
case to only the upper two-thirds of jars, and to only a band just
below the rim on the exteriors of bowls. In both cases a line of
demarcation between slip and paste can be clearly seen, with a
resulting pattern of color that is pleasing. The rest of the surface
is well-polished bare paste: a shade of orange-tan when the slip is
red, and gray when the slip has been smudged black.