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“Bentonite Pottery” as it has come to be known, is uniquely North Dakota. Bentonite is a clay material that is found in western North Dakota and was used as part of a glaze to produce the beautiful tri-colored red, tan and black Native American images and motifs. The bison piece, which is on loan from the Fine Arts Club of Fargo, is an exquisite example of Margaret Cable’s ability and artistry.

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These pieces are examples of the regional and Native American themes that were bentonite pottery themes. The Indian head plate is dated 1932. (I need to find out what date the mascot was changed and how the original image looked.)