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Bean Pot, Handcoiled Soup Pot, Handcoiled Stew Pot, Chili Pot -- The Magic of Mica -- This mineral, which is responsible for the glittery appearance of these pots, also allows the potter to work the clay without the addition of tempering agents. Mica is a wonderful binding agent and makes pots that are very strong, though traditionally very thin walled. They may look delicate but they're very resilient.

These utilitarian vessels are softer than metal and lighter than cast iron and have been made and used by Taos, Picuris, Nambe, Tesuque, Jemez, Jicarilla Apache, and other native peoples since well before these groups first had contact with the Spanish in the 1500s. Mica is found around volcanic areas - like the great Valle Calderas here in northern New Mexico. So wherever there are volcanoes, there's micaceous clay.

When heated, the pot can give off the scent of minerals and earth as it cooks foods evenly and beautifully. The reddish clay is naturally rich in iron, sodium, and potassium. My teacher, Felipe Ortega, has said that it may be the combination of the acidic mica with the more alkaline clay that makes food so flavorsome. That may be a hard one to prove in a scientific laboratory -- all we know is that person after person reports their food simply tastes better. (24)

Height: 9"
Width handle to handle: 10"

Bean Pot Cookware 5.5 qt, Handcoiled Soup Pot, Stew Pot, Chili Pot, Ceramics and Pottery, 5.5 quarts (24)


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: micaceous clay, no additives, no lead, no glazes, labor of love, lead free, leadfree
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 9 people