The Pueblo peoples and Jicarilla Apache Indians of the northern Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico have been making utilitarian pottery from the local mica-rich clays for more than 500 years. This micaceous pottery was originally made and used for cooking because of its durability and ability to evenly spread heat. But in the 1970s, potters began making more decorative and highly polished wares bringing more of the shiny flakes of mica to the surface with glittering results. Yet even these richly glowing contemporary bean pots can still be used today for slow cooking beans on a kitchen stove. Pot seasoning instructions are included.