The bean pot is a traditional form that resurfaced in the Catawba potter’s repertoire in the early 1990s. Master potters used an image from an anthropological record of the early 1900s to guide their recreation of the bean pot. The pot has an unusual conical shape that allows it to be placed on its side atop a nest of embers, and rotated in order to cook its contents evenly. Catawba cooking vessels are known for their stability and ability to heat contents evenly. Some southern recipes single out the pottery as ideal for okra and bean dishes.