Martinez, Maria – Jar with Mountain Designs “Maria Popovi” (1956-9)
This jar 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 an open pattern which uses the negative space to create the imagery. There is a mountain and lightning design encircling the piece. The jar is fired to a near gunmetal coloration and you can see stronger areas of gunmetal in the photos. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria / Popovi”. This dates it from 1956-9. It is in very good 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!