San Ildefonso Pueblo is located in north-central New Mexico, and has produced some of the most famous and innovative hand-coiled potters in North America.
Maria and Julian Martinez, their descendants Santana, Adam, Popovi and Tony Da; Blue Corn and Rose Gonzales are well-known innovators in the pottery world. Maria and Julian developed the art of firing to make the first matte black design on polished jet black pottery. Blue Corn is primarily known for her earth-colored highly-polished slips.
Rose Gonzales made the first modern carved pottery with distinctive rounded edges. Toh-Atin is privileged to carry pieces by these exceptional artists. For more information and pottery by Maria Martinez, click here.
San Illdefonso Pottery by Carmelita Dunlap, CPOTDG11-2. Stands 5 inches tall and 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Carmelita Dunlap (1925-2000) was born in 1925, and when her mother passed away at a young age, Carmelita was raised by her aunts, Maria Martinez and Desideria Montoya. She learned pottery from her aunts and she was considered to be the top protege of Maria.