Paste/Temper: The paste of Shepard Ware is fine-grained and compact. The texture is medium-fine and clayey to the touch. Temper consists of crushed quartz or a crushed igneous rock that varies from 1 to 10 mm thick, and makes up 10 to 20 percent of the paste. Color ranges from an oxidized red to tan, brown, gray or black.
Surface Treatment: Exterior surfaces are predominantly cord marked. The cord marking is commonly oblique, but vertical impressions also occur. Impressions are usually clear and distinct, but not very deep. On the lower portion of the vessel, overlapping impressions made with the edge of the cord-wrapped paddle sometimes occur, creating a “fabric”-like appearance. Cordage diameter ranges from medium to large, and the cords are tightly wrapped around the paddle. Interior surfaces are smoothed.
Vessel Form: Shepard vessels are coil-constructed with paddle malleation. Vessel shapes are globular, with a constricted orifice or a short vertical neck, rounded or straight sides
Vessel Diameter: Vessel sizes range from medium to large.
Vessel Height: Unknown
Rim Form: Lips are usually flattened. Lips commonly show signs of cord-impressions, or are smoothed. Rims are vertical or slightly everted. Vessels often have added collar strips like those found on Page ceramics, a similar contemporaneous ware.
Base Form: The vessels exhibit rounded to semi-conical bases.
Vessel Wall Thickness: Vessel walls are uniform and even, with thicknesses ranging from 4 to 11 mm.