Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Jar with Seed Design “Maria Popovi” (1956-9)
This jar is a classic small jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has a seed and cloud design. The seeds (the two half circles) are separated by a rain pattern. The jar has a wonderful gunmetal appearance to the surface from the firing. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates it was made between 1956-9, before Popovi began using firing dates. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
“He [Popovi Da] helped me get the clay over the mountains. He’s the one that mix the clay, and I make the pot, and then fix them the way he wants the top. And then I fix them and he sandpaper, and I smooth them and then polish them. And he put the design.” Maria Martinez, 1977, Spoken Through Clay