Plate

  • Julian Martinez, Maria Martinez, Plate, ca. 1930s, blackware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of International Business Machines Corporation, 1966.27.15

Exhibition Label

Maria Montoya Martinez and her husband, Julian, were Tewa Native Americans from San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico. Inspired by ancient pots excavated near the pueblo between 1907 and 1909, the couple broke away from traditional polychrome wares and began creating decorative black-on-black pieces covered with stylized designs based on natural forms. The Martinezes are credited with revitalizing a declining pottery tradition and with pioneering a new style that resonated with the art deco movement of the 1930s.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Plate
Artists
Date
ca. 1930s
Location
Dimensions
1 7/8 x 14 5/8 in. (4.8 x 37.2 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of International Business Machines Corporation

Mediums
Mediums Description
blackware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1966.27.15
Palette
Linked Open Data
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