Martinez, Maria – Bowl with Feather and Lightning Design “Marie + Julian” (1930’s)
This a classic bowl by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian. Maria would make the pottery and Julian would paint the design. This bowl is round with a turned-in rim. The entire piece would first be fully polished and then painted with a clay slip on the burnished surface. The design is a series of prayer feathers and lighting. The design is repeated four times around the shoulder of the bowl. It was fired a deep black in coloration. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Julian”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It’s always great to see early work by Maria and Julian in such good condition!