Internet Resources on Maria Martinez
The Millicent Rogers Museum
Located in Taos, New Mexico, The Millicent Rogers Museum owns an extraordinary collection of pottery by Maria and Julian Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo. This collection is on permanent display at the museum.
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, one of four museums in the Museum of New Mexico system, is a premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the museum’s collection of Pueblo pottery¡which includes a significant collection of pottery by Maria Martinez and other San Ildefonso potters¡is displayed in permanent and temporary exhibitions.
National Museum of The American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution, is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum will open on the National Mall in 2004.
Pueblo Pottery at the Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library site, Pueblo Pottery, provides introductory information on New Mexico’s Pueblos, an introduction to the pottery making traditions at each of the Pueblos, bibliographic information, a photo gallery, and a glossary of terms. Great for educators!
Surrounded by Beauty
This site from artsconnected at the Minneapolis Museum of Art is an excellent source for information about Native American art. The Southwest section features information about pottery by Maria Martinez, but taken together, the each section of the site adds to the context in which native American art and the art of Maria Martinez can be understood.
Legacy of Generations
This companion site to the film of the same name produced by public television station WETA is an excellent resource for information about Pueblo pottery making traditions. The film features interviews with contemporary Native women potters, and this site provides interviews with the film maker, Susan Peterson, on various aspects of Pueblo pottery. (As a special bonus, the Web site does feature a misidentified photograph of a woman potter who is referred to as “Maria Martinez." 10 extra points to all those who find it.)
Medicine Man Gallery
In addition to offering Maria Martinez made pottery for sale, The Medicine Man Gallery site contains a biography, booklist, and information about the various signatures that Maria used during her lifetime.
Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery
Featured among the “best of Southwestern Indian pottery" exhibited at Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery is the work Maria Martinez and her descendants. Here you will fine pottery by the Martinez family as well as many other artists from New Mexico’s pueblos.
Along with descriptions of historic and contemporary pottery traditions at each of New Mexico’s pueblos, you will find a section of the site devoted to “Famous Matriarchs." Within the section on Maria Martinez is included recommended reading, an abbreviated family tree, and short descriptions of the signatures Maria used at different stages in her career.
Robert Nichols Gallery
Although Robert Nichols Gallery features only contemporary potters, here you will find ceramic artists who, like Maria Martinez, push the limits of the tradition of pottery making, and in so doing redefine American Indian art.