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About Native American Arts & Crafts
- Perhaps no potters have done more for
Southwest pottery than Maria and Julian Martinez from the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Even
people with a vague interest in Southwestern pottery are aware of the black-matte or black on black pottery which was
made famous by this duo.
- Polished blackware itself has been produced
by most if not all of the Rio Grande Pueblos. Most of this production was for utilitarian
pieces such as grain storage and water vessels. The blackware made by Maria and Julian is
thicker walled, and more finely polished - with an almost black-gray sheen - than the
traditional black pottery of the Pueblos.
- Most black pottery being produced today at
San Ildefonso contain design elements of the avanyu or water serpent, feathers,
traditional symbolism and other geometric patterns. Potters at San Ildefonso also create
red pottery, polychromes, and incised pottery. Pottery
shapes at San Ildefonso can range from plates, seed pots, ollas, wedding vases and
figurines such as mudheads and animals.
- Potters of note from San Ildefonso include
Maria in conjunction with Julian, Santana and Popovi Da, Albert Vigil, Josephine Vigil,
Tony Da, Barbara Gonzales, Pauline Martinez, Minnie Vigil and Dorothy Gutierrez. Please be
aware that this list is not all inclusive of all the potters who deserve to be mentioned
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: The Potter of San Ildefonso
Living Tradition of Maria Martinez
- Pueblo Pottery
Families : Acoma, Cochiti, Hopi, Isleta,
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Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo,)