Circular Shallow Bowl
Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Utilizing traditional hand-coiling techniques, vessel forms, and open-trench firing, Maria Martinez invented a unique style of pottery featuring black-on-black designs (as seen here), which had never been done before.
Martinez began potting to provide income for her family, collaborating with her husband, Julian, and later her son, Popovi Da, as painters. She eventually became world-famous, attracting visits from Japanese masters who wanted to learn her techniques. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., invited her to help with the dedication of New York’s Rockefeller Plaza in 1933.
"Marie and Julian"
Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
Platter-shaped bowl with highly polished black on black circular feather design radiating from the center and framed with four black lines.
Maria Martinez (ca. 1887-1980). Circular Shallow Bowl, ca. 1943. Clay, slip, 2 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (6 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.198. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.43.201.198.jpg)
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