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Episode 2405 Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez (Maria Montoya Martinez) and her husband, Julian were the featured Native American artists and potters at the San Ildefonso pueblo near Santa Fe, NM. The pair is credited with introducing the key techniques and designs of both San Ildefonso and Santa Clara black on black ware pottery. Their work influenced artists with their carved and matte blackware pottery decorations with monochrome, polychrome, and black on black pottery.

After Maria and Julian discovered in 1918 how to produce the now-famous black-on-black pottery technique and they spent the remainder of their careers perfecting and producing pottery for museums and collectors worldwide in this one of a kind style.