1 x 6 x 6 in.
Gift of Gertrude Shurr and Rachael Dunaven Yocom
Julian Martinez’s Plate is a stunning example of the black-on-black technique he and his wife María developed in the early twentieth century. Plate showcases their signature burnished blackware look, which was a radical departure from traditional polychrome approaches to Pueblo vessels. The contrasting glossy and matte finishes on the surface of Plate became their specialty. The small scale of Plate is unusual for the Martinez’s work.
Julian Martinez was the patriarch of the famed San Ildefonso Pueblo Martinez family. While his wife María is seen as the primary force behind the family’s creative success in ceramics, Julian made important contributions to the development of María’s technique. In addition to his work in ceramics, Julian worked extensively as a painter, creating scenes Pueblo rituals in watercolor and murals at the Santa Fe Indian School. Outside of his career as an artist, Julian served as the Governor of the San Ildefonso Pueblo.
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