Martinez, Lupita – Bowl with Cloud Designs (1970s)
Lupita Martinez was known for her highly polished and beautifully painted pottery. She was also one of the last surviving early San Ildefonso potters. Lupita was married to Anselmo Martinez and was a daughter of Santana Vigil. Her aunt was Isabel Atencio and her grandmother was Nicolasa Montoya, who taught Maria Martinez to make pottery. Lupita was known for her highly polished black-on-black pottery, typically with classic designs and shapes. This bowl is wide in shape and fully polished. It is painted around the rim with a cloud and mesa design. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed, “Lupita Martinez” on the bottom in the clay.