Saturday, May 26, 2012

Blackware Pottery

Mike is fascinated by pottery in it's many forms. Today he came across Blackware Pottery made in San Ildefonso pueblo near Santa Fe, N.M. Marie/Maria Martinez (Maria Montoya Martinez) and her husband, Julian are credited with developing the art of black on black pottery and today can be quite valuable. Some pieces have fetched $10,000 or much more at auctions.

Maria and Santana Martinez blackware pottery plate with feather designs; image credit on full record

"This style of blackware is achieved by using a polishing stone to smooth over a glossy finish prior to the firing of the pot creating a highly glossy design that has become the hallmark of pueblo pottery."

Have you collected any of Maria and Julian's pottery?

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