Martinez, Santana & Adam – Gunmetal Plate with Feather Designs (1970s)
This is a classic gunmetal fired plate by Santana and Adam Martinez. Adam was the youngest son of Maria Martinez, and Santana (his wife) painted Maria’s pottery in the 1940-50s. The entire surface of this piece is fully polished. The feather design was then painted around the rim of the plate. It was fired to a gunmetal coloration. In the center you can see some color variations from the ash and manure used in firing. As well, there are “dimples” where the plate was placed on top of other vessels during the firing. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.