This blackware seed pot was made and signed by Josefita Martinez (1937-2008) of Santo Domingo Pueblo, located in New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2009 the residents changed its name officially to Kewa Pueblo but collectors and dealers still tend to refer to it as Santo Domingo. Since the artists of Santo Domingo Pueblo concentrated on making jewelry for the most part, their pottery, while not of the popularity level of pieces from the San Ildefonso and Santa Clara pueblos, is more of a challenge to collect because of its scarcity.
This pot is not a contemporary one, but dates from the 1940's. It is decorated with a checkerboard pattern of alternating polished and unpolished squares. Josefita Martinez usually used geometric designs on her pottery, as did others in this very conservative pueblo. The pot has an incised mark on the bottom: JM SDP. It measures 2 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide across the hip and has a 1 3/4 inch unglazed round base it rests on.
The handout photo is about Josefina Martinez, with credit and thanks to www.mariajulianpottery.com.
By: Linda Henrich