Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Bowl with Cloud Designs “Maria Popovi 569”
This gunmetal fired bowl is a classic piece by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the bowl and it was fired by her son, Popovi Da (1923-1971). Popovi focused on both the painted surfaces of the pottery as well as the firings. This bowl is one of Maria’s classic shapes with her low shoulder and sloping sides. The design is a very tightly painted rain and lightning pattern which encircles the piece. The openness of the design elements reveals the gunmetal coloration from the firing. The piece is about three-quarters gunmetal with one section that is a darker black. However, the entire bowl is very highly polished with a “mirror-like” surface. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria / Popovi 569”. The firing date is when the pottery was made, so this bowl was from May 1969. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Great gunmetal fired pieces by Maria and Popovi with such high polished surface are always stunning and a great addition to any collection!