Martinez, Santana & Adam – Long Neck Water Jar with Feather Design (1970s)
This is a striking long-neck water jar by Santana and Adam Martinez. It is one of their classic shapes with a round shoulder and elongated neck. Adam was the youngest son of Maria Martinez, and Santana (his wife) painted Maria’s pottery in the 1940-the 50s. The entire surface of this jar is fully polished. The design was then painted around the shoulder of the jar. Santana painted a series of feathers around the shoulder of the piece. The jar was fired to a silvery gunmetal coloration. The high shine accentuates the shape and design. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a classic piece!