Da, Popovi- Feather Plate (1965)
Popovi Da was a son of noted potter, Maria Martinez. While he worked with her painting designs on her pottery, he also created a few pieces on his own beginning in 1962. He was planning to continue making pottery on his own after Maria retired but unfortunately passed away before this could occur. His pottery pieces are definitely a rarity among Pueblo pottery and it is not often that we come across his work. This is one of his classic feather plates. It is fully polished and delicately painted and traditionally fired. It is signed on the back in the clay, “Popovi 1165” which is the firing date of November, 1965. That makes this an early piece of his pottery. The plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and it is certainly an important addition to any collection!