Aug 17, 2005
Aug 30, 2005

Blackware Olla

Blackware Olla


María Martinez

(American, c. 1887-1980)


Overall: 28.5 x 34 cm (11 1/4 x 13 3/8 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1986.1131


This simple, elegant vessel is likely an early exploration of the blackware ceramic style that Martinez and her husband Julian developed into one of the most influential and sought-after in modern Native American art. The firing technique, not glaze, gives the vessel its dark surface; she reinvented the technique after finding fragments of dark pottery at archaeological sites near her home.

See also
Art of the Americas
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Anonymous Gift

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