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plate with black on black feather design

Maria Martinez (American, 1887-1980)

For over two thousand years until the present day, peoples of the American Southwest and neighboring Mexico have shared a long tradition of pottery making.

The term "earthenware" refers to a type of porous, easily broken ceramic, which is made from clay, baked at low temperatures.

The shining surface of this plate was achieved by rubbing the slightly moist clay with a smooth object before firing; the matte surface of the feathers is the result of an application of slip.

Maria Martinez was the first internationally recognized American Indian ceramicist.

Object Information

Maria Martinez (American, 1887-1980)
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slipped earthenware
2 3/8 x 11 3/8 (diam.) in.
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Bequest of Clarence O. Hamilton
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