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puki (plural pukis)
- A bowl or other dish used by Native Americans in the Southwest as a mold when making pots.
2007, Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, The Figure in Clay, ISBN 1579909612, page 80:
- First, I made a puki, a tool used by Native Americans to form a pinch pot. Typically, a puki is a shallow, fired bowl used to keep the bottom of the pinch pot round while holding the entire pot in shape.
2004, Susan Ware, Notable American Women, ISBN 067401488X, page 418:
- She began a pot by forming a pancake of clay between her palms and laying it in a bowl-like vessel which was the bottom of a broken pot, called a puki.
- Any form or mold used for making clay pots by hand.
2012, Jo-Ann Mapson, Finding Casey, ISBN 1408829266, page 268:
- Like I showed you, the clay goes into the puki, coil by coil.
2008, Deborah Morgenthal & Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, The Penland Book of Ceramics, ISBN 1600592759, page 13:
- I begin by pinching a base or rolling out a slab that I place in a plaster form, or puki, for support..
- Third-person singular indicative past form of pukea.