Sep 21, 2010
Feb 16, 2005
Sep 21, 2010

Plate with Feather Design

Plate with Feather Design


María Martinez

(American, c. 1887-1980)

Santana Roybal Martinez


Blackware ceramic, slip

Overall: 4 x 38.5 cm (1 9/16 x 15 3/16 in.)

The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund 1951.363



María Martinez and her husband, Julian, achieved international fame for black-on-black ware, which they began to make in 1918. The process involves painting a pattern in slip—a creamy mix of clay and water—on a surface that has already been uniformly slipped and then polished. With firing, the exposed polished areas become glossy while the second layer of slip retains a matte finish. Along with her husband, María Martinez worked with other family members, here her daughter-in-law Santana Roybal Martinez.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email