San Ildefonso Small Plate by Maria and Santana, CPOTROH17-03


1" tall

5.75" diameter

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  • Maria Poveka Martinez was the master potter of San Ildefonso in her time. She is famous for her black on black pottery. She has passed this tradition down to her family members and anyone willing to learn. She starts by digging her own clay and firing outside under animal manure to achieve the black color. This plate can be dated anywhere around 1948-1950s when she worked alongside Santana, her daughter in-law. It is rumored that Santana descended from a Navajo baby that was found in a cave after a raiding party. Santana made her own pottery and learned how to make designs from Julian, Maria's husband. Santana married Adam (Maria's son) and they helped Maria prepare the clay. This plate has been signed Maria instead of Marie. This may indicate that it was made after the publication of "Maria: The potter of Ildefonso", which was 1948. Maria is her true name and she began to sign that on her pots. An inspirational piece to add to your collection