San Ildefonso Pueblo Black on Black Pottery Jar by Santana and Adam Martinez

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Santana and Adam Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potters

This excellent San Ildefonso Pueblo small pottery jar by artists Santana and Adam Martinez is one they made in the 1980s.  It was designed with matte black elements arranged to visually appear as designs executed in triangular geometrics.  The areas around the rim and below the mid-body are undecorated and with a stone polished finish.

Artist's signatures - Santana and Adam Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potters Adam Martinez (1903-2000) was the oldest son of Maria and Julian.  Santana Martinez (1909-2002) was his wife. They both assisted Maria with her pottery production following the death of Julian in 1943.  Occasionally, they made pottery themselves—Santana forming the vessel and painting the design, and Adam assisting in gathering clay and firing the wares.

This jar was purchased by the current owner in 1989 from the Case Trading Post of the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe.


Condition: this San Ildefonso Pueblo Black on Black Pottery Jar by Santana and Adam Martinez is in very good condition

Provenance: from a collection of contemporary pottery of a family from New Jersey

Recommended Reading: The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard L. Spivey

Relative Links: SantanaSan Ildefonso PuebloMaria MartinezJulian Martinez, Adam and Santana Martinez

Santana and Adam Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potters
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