The earliest version of Maria’s signatures
Even though it was signed only Marie, the painting was done by Julian.
mid 1930’s – 1943
One variation uses a printed letter “M” and small circle over the letter “i”.
This was signed by Maria’s youngest sister Clara who had helped with the polishing.
1943 – 1956
Santana and her husband Adam ( Maria’s eldest son) now began to produce their own pieces.
1954 – 1956 (possibly later)
1956 – 1970
In 1959 they began to date the pieces with month and year.
Maria Martinez retired from pottery making in the 1970’s. Popovi Da died in 1971.
Undecorated ware was signed by Maria with her Hispanic and Indian names.
“Poveka” is the Indian word for Pond Lily.
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