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Pauline Martinez is a daughter of noted potter Cresencia Tafoya (1918-99) and a sister of Harriet Tafoya, Annie Baca, and Mark Tafoya. Although she was born in Santa Clara Pauline married and moved to San Ildefonso. This is a classic piece of her pottery with a sharp shoulder and sloping sides. The jar is oval in shape. It is painted with mountain and cloud designs. The jar was then traditionally fired a glassy black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Pauline”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.