Old Clay Man and Old Clay Woman brought clay to the People of the canyon. They were welcomed to the village and fed as was the custom. As Old Clay Woman worked the clay into a coiled pot Old Clay Man danced around her singing a clay song and the People of the village gathered around. The larger Old Clay Woman’s pot became the faster Old Clay Man danced and sang. When the pot was finished Old Clay Woman gave thanks to the sun for drying the clay. Old Clay Man now danced so fast he could barely be seen swinging his staff around him. When, suddenly, Old Clay Man’s staff hit the pot and broke it into 1000 pieces. Old Clay Woman was angry and cursed him for his clumsiness chasing him around. But then, she stopped. And gathering pieces of the broken pot she gave each woman a piece of the broken pot telling them they should never forget this gift of making pottery sent to them by Spider Woman and pass along the skill. This is how the story was told to me.
Anyone who wants to can make a clay pot or anything they want to test their skills. I've never seen two finished pieces that look alike. Then the clay is recycled for the next campfire.
Photos are all from last summer as I forgot to take a picture tonight.