Maria Martinez is most known for rediscovering how to make polished black pottery. Her husband Julian's greatest contribution was his use of beeweed paste to paint what became matte black designs, usually painting in the negative, on the surface of her polished black pottery.
Lydia Quezada is most noted for her development of a matte, semi-matte and polished black process for decorating her distinctively delicate pieces.
Effie Garcia works with her husband, Orville, to form and carve her pieces, sand the carved sections and then outlining those carved sections cameo-fashion with watered clay, which turns either matte black or matte red when the piece is ground-fired.
Jody Folwell forms her pieces, polishing only the upper shoulder and leaving the rest matte. Then she creates the color differentiations in her firing process.