Martinez, Maria – Fully Polished Open Bowl, “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s
During the 1950’s Maria Martinez made and polished pottery and signed using her Tewa name, “Maria Poveka”. Poveka means “Water Lilly”. This is one of her classic open bowls, which are polished on both the inside and outside. Interestingly, today, few potters will attempt to fully polish the inside and outside of a piece, as it adds the possibility of it cracking. The bowl is very highly polished and there are small areas of gunmetal and coloration in the black from the heat of the firing. The bowl is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Maria Pove’ka”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.