Plate with Feather Design

Plate with Feather Design

1945-1950

María Martinez

(American, c. 1887-1980)

Santana Roybal Martinez

(American)

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

Description

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.

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