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Black ware pottery from the pueblo of San Ildefonso in New Mexico. Maria Martinez dicovered in the firing process that the pottery turned a lusterous black. She was a wonderful potter who taught the process to her village and she became very famous. I was at the village and met a potter Elizabeth who still fires her work in the same manner as Maria of the Pueblos. It was thrilling to see the area I had taught about in class and to view some of the pottery still being created after Maria's death,,,Below is the outdoor kiln before the cow paddies are put on and the firing begins. Several artists live in the pueblo and carry on the tradition....I wish to thank them for sharing with me.

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Donald Schrier 20 Aug 2010

I like the reflective ability of the pottery and I really think you set it off with a native blanket under it for highlights.

Calvin McFarlane 20 Aug 2010

and i thank you for sharing with us.

Robin Foss 20 Aug 2010

Very interresting indeed.

Bernhard Mueller 20 Aug 2010

Great items, great photo.

Lorna Skeie 19 Aug 2010

Beautiful peice. I saw something similar outside of Oxaca,Mexico many years ago. I have a black duck. It was very intesting and beautiful