Popovi Da was a son of potter, Maria Martinez. He was known for his painting and began to work with Maria on her pottery in 1956. He also began to make his own pottery beginning in 1962. Popovi is credited with creating the sienna pottery along with a revival of polychrome pottery in the 1960s. He was planning to continue making pottery on his own after Maria retired but unfortunately passed away in October 1971 before this could occur.