This early hand coiled and stone polished piece by Maria Martinez is a terrific example of her red on buff work. Quite rare, compared to their black on black ware, probably made in the late 1920’s or early 30’s, it is made by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian. Maria would make and polish the pottery and Julian would paint the design. If the matte paint is not put on the jar in sufficient layers, it tends to be too thin and watery looking after being fired. Julian was a master at applying sufficient layers to produce a visible design after firing. Maria worked with Julian until he died in 1943. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Julian”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.

“By 1919 Maria and Julian were producing vessels that were not only technically outstanding but artistically superior. The classical shapes were flawless, and the new shapes were well proportioned, graceful, and pleasing Julian’s sense of design worked in harmony with the surface he was to decorate, creating masterpieces of art on pottery” Spivey 2003

3” high by 4” wide

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