Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Plate with Plant Designs “Maria Popovi” (1956-9)
This is an exceptional gunmetal fired plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate 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. The piece is painted with a double plant design. It fills up most of the space and yet it leaves open space for the gunmetal surface to show through. On this piece, the gunmetal firing is quite striking and is a great coloration. The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Maria / Popovi”. This dates it from 1956-9. 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!