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Sep 21, 2010

Plate with Feather Design

Plate with Feather Design

c. 1943–51

María Martinez

(San Ildefonso Pueblo, about 1887–1980)

Santana Roybal Martinez

(San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1909–2002)

Blackware ceramic, slip

Overall: 4 x 38.5 cm (1 9/16 x 15 3/16 in.)

The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund 1951.363



María Martinez and her husband, Julián, achieved international fame for black-on-black ware, which they began to make in 1918. The process involves painting a pattern in slip—a creamy mix of clay and water—on a surface that has already been uniformly slipped and then polished. With firing, the exposed polished areas become glossy while the second layer of slip retains a matte finish. Along with her husband, María Martinez worked with other family members, here her daughter-in-law Santana Roybal Martinez.

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