Blackware Olla

Blackware Olla

1917

María Martinez

(American, c. 1887-1980)

Ceramic

Overall: 28.5 x 34 cm (11 1/4 x 13 3/8 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1986.1131

Description

This simple, elegant vessel is likely an early exploration of the blackware ceramic style that Martinez and her husband Julian developed into one of the most influential and sought-after in modern Native American art. The firing technique, not glaze, gives the vessel its dark surface; she reinvented the technique after finding fragments of dark pottery at archaeological sites near her home.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Anonymous Gift

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