Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction October 28th, 2023

Martinez, Marie (1887-1980) and Julian, black pottery

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Start price: $100

Estimated price: $200 - $300

Buyer's premium: 10%

Marie and Julian Martinez, black pottery, singed on bottom, no chips or cracks, appears to be wear on exterior surface. size: 3 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches. Maria Martinez is undoubtedly one of the best-known and most influential Native potters of the 1900s. She became famous for her creative pottery and traveling to museums, World Fairs, and other events throughout her lifetime.Maria learned to make pottery from her aunt Nicolasa Montoya. Around 1919-1920, Maria and her husband, Julian Martinez, created the “black-on-black” style of pottery. This unique process allowed matte designs to be painted on a stone-polished surface, a stone-polished piece fired black. At the time, this unique and distinctive style of pottery quickly became a success, and by 1922 was made by nearly every potter at San Ildefonso Pueblo. It helped to change the economy of Pueblo as pottery became a successful career.Maria worked with Julian until he died in 1943. She then worked with her daughter-in-law Santana, who married her eldest son, Adam. Again, she would make the pottery, and Santana would paint the designs. In the 1950s, Maria made plain pieces and signed with her Tewa name, “Pove-ka, ” which means “Water Lilly.”In 1956, Maria started working with her son, Popovi Da. Maria made the pottery, and Popovi painted the designs. These are often considered among the best of her career after her early work with Julian. Popovi Da worked to revive polychrome pottery, created the sienna (double-fired) coloration, and made redware vessels. Maria also made a few pieces with her grandson, Tony Da, whom she taught to make pottery. Tony was one of the first male potters at San Ildefonso and had an exceptional career in ceramics and paintings. He was the subject of a book, “The Art and Life of Tony Da” by Charles S. King and Richard Spivey.Maria Martinez was the subject of several books during her career. Alice Marriot wrote the book “Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso” in 1948. Richard Spivey also wrote a book on her entitled “Maria.” Both were essential additions to the collector’s knowledge of this vital potter. Maria was also the subject of numerous museum exhibitions. Her pottery can be found around the world in various permanent museum collections.

Condition: no chips or cracks, wear on exterior surface of pot

Dimensions: 3 x 4.5 x 4.5 in

Weight: 0.9 lb