Over the years, the Martinez/Da family saved examples of Maria's finest works with the intent of placing them in a New Mexico museum. It was the family's wish that the pottery be shared on a permanent basis with the public.
Today, the Millicent Rogers collection of the Martinez family pottery represents the most important public holding of Maria's pottery in the United States.
San Ildefonso Redware jar with tan slip. Feather motif shoulder to rim. Signed "maria/popovi 271".
Maria Martinez & Popovi Da, ca. 1971. San Ildefonse Pueblo, NM. H: 36.8 cm, D: 21.5 cm.
Polychrome and geometric feather design plate.
Maria Martinez, Popovi Da, San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM. ca. 1959. H: 5.7 cm, W: 34.9 cm.
Gray polychrome vessel, black and yellow on grey.
Maria Martinez, Popovi Da, San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM. ca. 1969. H 45.7 cm, D: 33 cm.
In 1984, the Millicent Rogers Museum was honored to have been chosen as the recipient of this collection through the generosity of an anonymous donor and the Martinez/Da Family. The family also has donated many of Maria's awards, documents, photographs and memorabilia, as well as their own pottery, the majority of which are part of the Museum's permanent exhibition. These personal artifacts document the life as well as the creative success of the renowned ceramic artist, whose career spanned 85 years. Maria first became famous in the early 20th century for her gleaming jet black pottery decorated with clay slip. She also created the traditional polychrome pottery that was her heritage.