Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Plate with Cloud and Mesa Designs (Maria + Santana, 1954-6)
This is a classic gunmetal fired plate by Maria Martinez. It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez, Maria’s son). It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface. The design, when turned vertically, has a mesa pattern with clouds and rain designs. It is tightly painted on the surface. The plate was fired to a silvery gunmetal coloration. It is signed on the back, “Maria + Santana”. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.