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Maria Martinez

American, 1887-1980

Maria Montoya Martinez was a Native American artist who created internationally known pottery. Martinez (born Maria Poveka Montoya), her husband Julian, and other family members examined traditional Pueblo pottery styles and techniques to create pieces that reflect the Pueblo people’s legacy of fine artwork and crafts. Martinez was from the San Ildefonso Pueblo, a community located 20 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At an early age, she learned pottery skills from her aunt recalls this learning by seeing starting at age eleven, as she watched her aunt, grandmother, and father's cousin work on their pottery during the 1890s. During this time, Spanish tinware and Anglo enamelware had become readily available in the Southwest, making the creation of traditional cooking and serving pots less necessary Traditional pottery-making techniques were being lost, but Martinez and her family experimented with different techniques and helped preserve the cultural art.

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Large Blackware Charger by Maria and Santana Martinez, 'San Ildefonso'
By Maria Martinez, Santana Martinez
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A blackware charger decorated with a repeating feather motif. The charger is signed on the base Maria and Santana, circa 1943-1954.
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1950s American Native American Vintage Maria Martinez

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Furniture Maria Martinez are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Maria Martinez collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many customers also consider Furniture by Acoma, Arapaho Indian Art and Crow if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Maria Martinez furniture may vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $5,200 and tops out at $8,300, while pieces like these can sell for $6,750 on average.