Black Pueblo Pot
Maria Montoya Martinez (1887-1980)
SanIldefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, 1930
Donated by: Josiah Newcomb
This item is a black on black glazed pot covered with abstract design by Pueblo artist Maria Martinez, perhaps the best-known 20th century Pueblo potter.
In Maria’s youth, the traditional craft of pottery making had waned because of the availability of mass-produced utilitarian items. The artist began her career by replicating pottery artifacts with her husband, Julian Martinez. Inspired by prehistoric pottery that was unearthed at nearby archaeological excavations and by the then fashionable Art Deco style, she and her husband developed a distinctive ceramic style notable for its elegant forms and subtle textures. During the firing process, the pots were decorated with designs that interpreted traditional Pueblo and Ancestral Puebloan imagery.
You can see other examples of Martinez’s pottery here