Martinez, Maria – Plainware Open Bowl “Maria Poveka” (1973)
This open bowl has a wonderful provenance. In 1973 Maria Martinez traveled with her sister Clara, son Adam and his wife Santana, and Barbara Gonzales for a four-week workshop at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA). This program was created by a grant through the National Endowment for the Arts under the supervision of Susan Peterson. During their time at Idlywild they made, polished, and fired pottery as part of the program. This bowl was purchased by the previous owner as a part of that experience. The bowl is a classic shape and fully polished on the front and back. One can almost imagine watching Maria work on this piece for a class, showing how it is shaped and then polished and finally fired. It is signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Poveka”. This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names. Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
Over the years other potters have participated in the pottery-making program at Idylwild, including Blue Corn, Lucy Lewis, Mark Tahbo, and most recently Nathan Youngblood.