From the back cover:
The Anasazi pottery of Mesa Verde is some of the most beautiful and distinguished in the world archaeological record. The legacy of seven centuries of pottery production on Mesa Verde is an abundance of cultural material that includes large, narrow-necked ollas, bowls, pitchers, jars, dippers, and distinctive mugs with handles. Styles covered include early gray ware, red wares, the beautiful black-on-white vessels of the Pueblo I-III potters, and the striking corrugated jars unique to the prehistoric Southwest. Earth, Water, and Fire describes the history and development of pottery on Mesa Verde, techniques and materials of manufacture, and the functions of the finished vessels. Pottery is one of the most durable products of prehistoric cultures, and because clay is fluid in the hands of the potter, it expresses more than any other material the difference in human activity in time and space. This book is a testament to the variety and craftsmanship of the prehistoric potters of the most famous area of the Anasazi Southwest.