María Montoya Martinez is of the most influential potters in the world and has had a definitive impact on the development of ceramics in the American West. María and her husband Julian developed their black-on-black pottery style for which they achieved global recognition.
María, Julian, and their family gave demonstrations of their technique at World’s Fairs, workshops, and to potters and collectors who visited them in New Mexico. María Martinez is one of the most highly decorated and recognized potters in the world. She freely shared her knowledge with others and uplifted her community economically. María remains a crucial historical figure in the history of the vessel tradition and the revival of Native American ceramics in the twentieth century.