Native American Tarahumara Pottery Jar - R. DIANE MARTINEZ
- Vintage item
R. Diane Martinez is a member of the Tarahumara Indian tribe who lives in Bosque Farms, a rural village in New Mexico. Her pottery has won many awards and is in museum collections. We've included a photo of her with a display of her pottery. An image of her business card, also shown, advertises "The Original Martinezware" with a copyright date of 1980.
This petite olla was fashioned of terracotta clay and overlaid with designs in glossy black glaze, with the interior being fully glazed in black. The bottom was left dry and signed with the artist's iconic signature "ЯMartinez" in black glaze. It measures 3 inches tall, about 3 1/4 inches across at the belly (10 1/2 inch circumference) and stands on a 1 3/4 inch base. It's in excellent condition, with no issues, and a beautiful, tactile piece of pottery.
Here is a quote in Diane's own words from the website Pottery-onthe-Wheel.com:
"I am Tarahumara Indian. I make contemporary pottery. I sell my work on the Santa Fe Plaza most days. My studio is open by appointment. I have won first place at the New Mexico state fair for 34 years in a row. I have awards from all across the United States. I am self taught. I love creating objects of beauty from a lump of clay.
My studio is in Bosque Farms, NM. I grew up in Gallup, NM. I have a husband and 5 kids, 4 son in laws and 6 grandkids. I also have quite a few animals. Small garden."
Note: the copyright on that site is 2010-2015, so some of the information may be outdated.