Martinez, Maria -Small Bowl with Cloud Designs (Maria + Popovi, 1956-9)
This is a unique small bowl 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 bowl is highly polished had painted with a cloud pattern around the shoulder. The high polish of the bowl is a striking contrast to the simple painted design. The firing is nearly gunmetal in coloration with a very high shine. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made between 1956 and 1959 before Popovi began to add the firing date. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.