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Santana Martinez, Adam Martinez

Biography to Display: 

1909 Born San Ildefonso Pueblo, Arizona

2002 Died San Ildefonso Pueblo, Arizona


Pueblo potter


Santana Martinez was the wife of Adam, oldest son of Maria and Julian Martinez. After Julian’s death in 1943 she worked closely with Maria, Santana’s name appears on many pieces along with Marias. There are also numerous pieces signed by Adam and Santana who were also accomplished potters in their own right.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, Arizona

Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Arizona State Museum, Tucson, Arizona

The Autry Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Los Angeles, California

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio

Dartmouth College Collection, Hanover, New Hampshire

Denver Museum, Denver, Colorado

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

Museum of Northern Arizona, Katherine Harvey Collection, Flagstaff, Arizona

Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico

School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut


Bibliography to Display: 

Hyde, Hazel. Maria Making Pottery: The Story of Famous American Indian Potter Maria Martinez. Santa Fe, NM: Sunstone Press, 1992.  

Marriott, Alice and Margaret Lefranc. Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso (Civilization of the American Indian Series)Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

Peterson, Susan and Francis H. Harlow. The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez. NewYork, NY: Kodansha USA, 1992.

Spivey, Richard L. and Herbert Lotz. The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez. Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2003.



Typical Marks
ca 1970
Date: ca 1970
Materials: Local Clay
Method: Coiled
Surface Technique: Burnished, Pit Fired, Slip
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 23, 2023.