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Alice Martinez

Native American


4 x 7 x 7 in.
Gift of Nora Eccles Harrison

Alice Martinez’s Bowl shares much in common with the vessels created by her grandparents, María and Julian Martinez. Alice learned pottery making from her father Richard and has continued the long-lived tradition in Pueblo ceramics of gathering clay from sacred grounds within Pueblo, processing the clay, hand coiling, and firing outdoors with animal manure. Bowl is an unusual piece as it breaks from the traditional black on black pottery her family pioneered in favor of brown. The vessel is hand polished with a river stone to achieve the signature gloss and matte finish.

Alice Martinez has continued her family’s legacy of Pueblo ceramics for over fifty years. She frequently collaborates with her son Ruben Martinez. The two have experimented widely with the Tunyo Polychrome technique, a traditional style of the San Ildefonso Pueblo that lacks the glossy matte finish the Martinez family popularized with their black-on-black ware in the early twentieth century.

Matthew Limb

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