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The Accoma Pueblo is located in Midwestern New Mexico. Acoma pottery is known for its distinctive white clay, thin walls and fine lines. Decoration ranges from corrugation (a specific textured look) to intricate geometric shapes or designs borrowed for ancient Mimbres culture painted in black and red/orange. While these factors vary widely, the wide background against which they appear remains constant.

Color aside, typical Acoma pottery is very thin and more traditional pieces will have and indented bottom, a modification that made it easier to carry on one's head when full of water. In particular, Acoma potters are known for their ollas. Used originally as water container, ollas are large, wide mouthed jars, which provide a large surface to showcase the striking designs of Acoma pottery.