The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez

The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez


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The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez by Susan Peterson

One of the great figures in modern pottery and crafts, Maria Martinez, along with her husband, Julian, perfected the magnificent burnished black ware which is prized by collectors and museums throughout the United States and Europe.

Recipient of the Western Heritage Award, The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez chronicles the life and work of this major Native American artist-from the rediscovery of the ancient black-on-black pottery technique and its perfection to Martinez's rise to prominence. In this intimate portrait, Susan Peterson traces the development of Maria's talent and vision, and records her success in passing on traditional Indian pottery techniques to the next generations. The 200 color and 140 black-and-white photographs amply document the techniques, the pueblo ambience, and the Martinez family's signature pieces.

This book is the culmination of the author's thirty-year association with Maria and her family. And as the only major book about her since Alice Marriott's classic work in 1948 (reprinted in 1987), its return to print will be welcomed by the thousands of collectors, craftspeople, and historians throughout the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870114977
Publisher: Kodansha International
Publication date: 09/28/1992
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SUSAN PETERSON is one of the foremost figures in ceramic education in the United States. She is the author of a number of books on ceramic techniques and artists. Her extensive film series, "Wheels, Kilns, and Clay," was aired by PBS.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book for anyone interested in pottery. I especially was taken in by the dedication of family relationships. Maria's words are funny and delightful. Her stories of times gone by, as well as present, reminded me of my Grandma telling family stories. I wish she was alive today to meet her.