Jose Martinez

José Martinez is a potter from Mata Ortiz. He is married to potter Suzy Martinez. They often work together and sign their pots together.

José learned the basics from his wife's uncle, Hector Gallegos, but his finished products are also influenced by several potters in his own family. As much as he and Suzy like their black on black pottery, they also produce a very fine polychrome product on whiteware.

Organic opening on a black jar
Black jar with organic opening
5 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Organic opening on a polished black jar
Polished black jar with an organic opening
7 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Checkerboard and other geometric designs decorate a black on black jar with a geometric cut opening
Black on black jar with geometric cut opening and decorated with checkerboard and other geometric designs
3 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Painted sgraffito Paquime geometrics above and sgraffito striations below on a black on black jar
Black on black jar with painted Paquime geometrics above and sgraffito striations below
6 3/4 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Irregular opening on a polished black vase
Polished black vase with sculptured opening
6 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
An organic opening on a polished black jar
Graphite black jar with an organic opening
9 1/4 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery