"[By the 19th century], the modern style was in place, characterized by large bulbous jars with short necks and high centers of gravity, and large, shallow, wide-rimmed feast bowls. During the second half of the 19th century, a new form of small bowl was invented that has a terraced rim and painted and modeled water-related animal motifs. It is still made for both the market and for local use to hold daily materials such as corn meal.
Zuni pottery paintings are outlined with red-black mineral paint on a polished white surface that is an essential backdrop for large, bold, precisely painted motifs. Hachured grays dominate, relieved by blocks of red and brown. Most bowls are framed by an exterior of large, abstract feathers and use a large, central interior motif. Jars are often enclosed by a series of horizontal bands of different widths interrupted by two or four large, framed motifs usually rosettes or deer."
-J.J. Brody, Voices in Clay: Pueblo Pottery from the Edna M. Kelly Collection