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The designes in this e-Book were inspired by the Black on Black Pottery made by Maria Martinez. To acchive this effect with beads I suggest you use DB #10 for the background and DB #310 for the design elements. You can make a completely different look by using white or another color for the design elements.

Each design has a large image, a large pattern on one page and a HUGE pattern on two pages.

I have included a portion of the story of Maria under each of the images of the pots. If you want to read more about her remarkable life and talent just do a Google search for Maria Martinez potter. You'll also find sites for galleries that sell her work. You may be amazed at the prices her pots command. I was!

You may choose to make and hang one piece or all three. You can frame them if you wish. I also like to hang Southwest style beadwork from small branches.

Look below for more info on Maria and for some links to her work.

Technique: Peyote Stitch
Beads: Delicas 
Approx Size: 4.75 X 4.75 
Pages to Print: 14

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Maria Antonia Montoya was probably born in the year 1887 and died in 1980. Few craft artists, Native American or otherwise, can claim worldwide fame and appreciation, but these accompanied the life of potter Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo New Mexico. San Ildefonso Pueblo is a quiet community located 20 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It has been inhabited since A.D.1300.

As a child of the Native American Tewa tribe, Maria was interested in pottery making, which was then in decline. By the time she married Julian Martinez, Maria was a respected potter and had exhibited her work at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. In 1908, Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett, director of the Museum of New Mexico, asked Maria if she could create reproductions of ancient pottery uncovered at nearby archeological sites. Maria crafted the pottery, while Julian painted the designs, beginning a long collaboration. Maria developed a technique for producing distinctive black on black pottery, where black designs are visible against a shiny black background. After Julian died in 1943, other family members continued to work with Maria. Since her death, her work has become valuable to collectors.

Look at the way she fired. Indian potters still fire outside the same way and I don't know how they can do it!

Maria's Pottery

Andrea Fisher Gallery

Adobe Gallery - Scroll way down to see the pots.

San Ildefonso Artists