Ramita Simbola Martinez
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez (1884-1969) was one of the three pivotal potters, as were Virginia Duran and Cora Duran, working to preserve and revive Picuris pottery in the 20th century. Ramita’s pottery was thin-walled and the micaceous clay of the area allowed the pieces to be used for utilitarian purposes. The sign in the image above is a Historic Marker in New Mexico honoring the three potters, Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez, Cora Durand, and Virginia Duran for helping to preserve the distinctive micaceous pottery tradition that is important in Picuris and other nearby pueblos. Made with locally mined mica-rich clay, these unusual pots have a glittery sheen. They are fired at low temperatures which makes them ideal for cooking. While valued for their utility, these pots are also now considered works of art.” She certainly left a historic impact through her work in clay!