Small Black-on-black Pottery Plate signed Marie + Santana [SOLD]


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Maria and Santana Martinez

One of the most famous and most innovative potters of the 20th century, Maria Martinez consistently made stunning and thought-provoking pieces which showcase her brilliant creativity. This plate, which she made in collaboration with her daughter-in-law, Santana, is no exception.

Set on beautifully finished, black clay, the plate features a simple and elegant matted design, with four symmetrical points. This could perhaps be symbolic of the four cardinal directions, which are each considered sacred to the Pueblo Indians, and are often invoked in ceremonies. The shape of the plate creates a sophisticated curve which suits it quite well. Overall, this is a highly pleasing piece which would make an excellent addition to any Maria Martinez collection.

Artists' signatures of Maria and Santana Martinez San Ildefonso PuebloThe bottom of the plate is signed Marie + Santana.

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.

Condition: good condition

Provenance: this Small Black-on-black Pottery Plate signed Marie + Santana is from a private collection of a New Mexico family

Recommended Reading:

The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez by Susan Peterson

The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard L. Spivey

TAGS: Pueblo Pottery, San Ildefonso PuebloPopovi DaSantana and Adam MartinezJulian Martinez, Maria MartinezAnitaSantana



Maria and Santana Martinez
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