San Ildefonso Pueblo and Black Mesa

A week ago we were in New Mexico. We visited San Ildefonso Pueblo, just outside Santa Fe, one cold, windy afternoon. Luckily it was one of the days when it did not snow. The pueblo is famous for its beautiful black pottery. Hand built rather than thrown on a wheel and polished by stones. The clay is dug locally and fired in the traditional manner of the pueblo, using animal dung for fuel. Dwarfing the pueblo is an enormous rock structure, "Black Mesa", almost a guardian spirit. It seems alive, the colors change with every shift of shadow. Go on a cloudy day. Journal pages, watercolor.