Small Black Jar with Traditional Designs


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Santana and Adam Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potters

This is an especially appealing jar made by famous husband and wife duo Santana and Adam Martinez. The duo worked together for over 50 years, alongside other family members, to give San Ildefonso the well-deserved recognition it is known for today.

The jar is finely polished in a deep black finish, with designs over the slip that start about halfway up and reach the rim. These designs travel all around the diameter of the jar. Symmetrical in form, they give the piece a feel of meticulousness and intrigue. One guess as to what the design depicts is a Western Indian style shirt with winged feathers on each side. However, as with many of the inventive works brought to us from the San Ildefonso potters, the interpretation is truly up to the beholder.

Artists’ signatures of Santana (1909-2002) & Adam (1903-2000?) Martinez San Ildefonso Pueblo, Po-woh-ge-oweengeThe bottom of the jar is signed Santana / Adam.

Maria's oldest son, Adam, and his wife Santana, of San Ildefonso Pueblo, were recognized potters even though they are mostly associated with having helped Maria with her pottery. They worked together making Black-on-black pottery their entire, long lives. Collaboration on pottery with their dual signatures has been seen for over 50 years.

Santana (1909-2002) painted designs on pottery and Adam assisted in firing pottery for Maria. Santana came from a long line of talented painters and potters. Her grandmother, Dominguita Pino Martinez, was a famous potter and her brother, Awa Tsireh, was a famous painter.

Adam (1903-2000?) was the oldest son of Maria and Julian Martinez and he was a serious asset in assisting his mother in gathering clay and firing pottery during the last four decades of her life following the death of Julian in 1943.

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Small Black Jar with Traditional Designs is from the collection of a client of Adobe Gallery

Recommended Reading: MASTER PUEBLO POTTERS-Maria Martinez, Santana & Adam Martinez, Lucy Lewis, Fannie Nampeyo and Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo, ACA Galleries, New York, September 6-27, 1980

TAGS: SantanaSan Ildefonso PuebloMaria MartinezJulian MartinezSouthwest Indian PotterySantana and Adam Martinez

Alternate view of this blackware jar.

Santana and Adam Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potters
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