Adam Martinez was a son of renown potter, Maria Martinez. He worked on pottery with his wife, Santana Roybal Martinez. She was a niece of Tonita Roybal. The Roybal family were noted for their paintings. Santana also painted the designs on Maria's pottery from the 1940s through the 1950s. Santana and Adam worked together on pottery from the 1960s to 90s. Their work is classic black-on-black in style.