Maria Martinez San Ildefonso Blackware Pottery
Maria Poveka Martinez was a renowned Native American potter who specialized in Blackware pottery. Her work is recognized for its distinctive black finish and elegant designs, which were inspired by the traditions of her San Ildefonso Pueblo tribe. Martinez's pottery was created using traditional techniques, including coiling and pit-firing, and her artistry helped to elevate Native American pottery to a recognized form of fine art. Today, her Blackware pottery remains highly prized by collectors and admirers of Native American art.