Gallery Artists > Maria (Poveka) Da Martinez Biography :

Maria (Poveka) Da Martinez (1887 - 1980)  Artworks >>

Maria Poveka Martinez is best known for the black-on-black pottery that she developed with her husband, Julian. In a lifetime that lasted nearly a century, the self-taught potter re-discovered the ancient pottery techniques of her people, taught them to others, and brought the knowledge and appreciation of Native American arts to a world-wide audience. Her once-dying pueblo is now a thriving crafts community, her gift of pride in their heritage her most lasting legacy to her people. Today, Maria Martinez’s extended family carries on the tradition of fine pottery making she began. Source

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