San Ildefonso Pottery
San Ildefonso Pueblo pottery is most commonly characterized by the iconic black-on-black pottery style pioneered in the 1920s by potter Maria Martinez (1887-1980) and her husband, Julian Martinez (1879-1943). This highly-polished blackware pottery aesthetic has influenced generations of San Ildefonso potters, who continue innovating Pueblo pottery in this style today. But prior to Maria & Julian’s innovations, San Ildefonso had a long pottery tradition, notable for cream-colored jars and vessels painted with polychrome (i.e., multicolored) geometric and floral designs. These older San Ildefonso Pueblo examples are often marked by their excellent craftsmanship in shape with thin walls, elegant sharp shoulders (in jars), and fluted or carved openings.
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