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Native American Pottery98 of 400Signed Unglazed Art Clay? Pottery Southwest? Inian? Mexico?Terra cotta serpent head from Central America
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Is it any relation to the famous Maria Martinez black on black pottery ? It’s anout 5-6 inches tall and looks like a perfume vase or water pourer?

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    1. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      No, this is not related in any way to Maria Martinez, or to traditional black on black pottery. Maria, from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, made traditional pottery, meaning the clay was dug locally, it was processed by hand, the pottery was coiled, burnished (not glazed), decorated by hand, and fired in a traditional outdoor bonfire.

      This pot superficially looks like traditional San Ildefonso or Santa Clara pottery, but it is made from commercial black clay, glazed with a wax resist process, and fired in an electric kiln. Usually this type of pottery is thrown on a potter's wheel, never done on traditional pueblo pottery.

      This is the signature of R. Diane Martinez, from the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico, but currently living in Bosque Farms, New Mexico.

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