Artist Media Series
Martina Aguino began making pottery in the late 1930s period. This bowl is a classic Potsuwi’i revival with a red polished rim and base. The center band is incised. The designs are very precisely etched into the clay. The lines create angular clouds, mountains, and a second band for rain. Typical of her work, it is tightly etched into the clay. The area is then slipped with mica, giving it a bit of sparkle. It is signed on the bottom, “Martina Aguino”. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
Martina continued the revival in the 1960s. This new era in San Juan pottery, much as at the other Pueblos in this period, focused on a refinement of the earlier styles. Incised Potsuwi’i style along with the more graphic polychrome incised designs were the foundation of these new potters.