Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day 278 —Black on Black on Gray

Maria Marinez's pots are exquisite. She lived from 1887–1980 in San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. Her coil-built pots (no pottery wheel) are hand burnished with a river pebble to a high gloss and then a slip decoration is applied to create the contrasting overlay design. There is no glaze used. On this pot the repeating pattern is a stylized feather motif.

At art college my first major was in ceramics, I was already hooked on photography since the age of eight. The two arts coexisted throughout my high school and college life — one inherently clean and dust free, the other an all-in mud bath. The clean one won out, although I would like to revisit ceramics at some stage in the future. You can see other versions of Martinez ceramics on Day 251.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/125, f5, ISO 200