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Maria Martinez

MARIA MARTINEZ (USA, 1887–1980)

Maria Montoya Martinez was a Native American artist who created internationally known pottery. Martinez (born Maria Poveka Montoya), her husband Julian, and other family members examined traditional Pueblo pottery styles and techniques to create pieces that reflect the Pueblo people’s legacy of fine artwork and crafts. Martinez was from the San Ildefonso Pueblo, a community located 20 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At an early age, she learned pottery skills from her aunt recalls this learning by seeing starting at age eleven, as she watched her aunt, grandmother, and father's cousin work on their pottery during the 1890s. During this time, Spanish tinware and Anglo enamelware had become readily available in the Southwest, making the creation of traditional cooking and serving pots less necessary Traditional pottery-making techniques were being lost, but Martinez and her family experimented with different techniques and helped preserve the cultural art.

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Maria Martinez & Santana San Idelfonso Large Bowl, Native American Pottery
By Maria Martinez
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Large blackware bowl decorated with stylized feather design. Signed “Marie & Santana” on the bottom. One small flake on the rim 11.25" D x 3.38" H. Maria, the potter of San Idel...
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Mid-20th Century American Native American Maria Martinez

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Large Blackware Charger by Maria and Santana Martinez, 'San Ildefonso'
By Maria Martinez, Santana Martinez
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A blackware charger decorated with a repeating feather motif. The charger is signed on the base Maria and Santana, circa 1943-1954.
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1950s American Native American Vintage Maria Martinez

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