Julian Martinez, also known as Pacano, (1879-1943) was a Native American potter. Born on the San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico, Martinez was instrumental in reviving the black San Ildefonzo pottery and Santa Clara blackware pottery traditions. Julian researched traditional designs and reproduced them on the pottery, later modifying traditional designs to create his own. His work is displayed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as numerous other museums and galleries around the world.
Martinez is credited for inventing a revolutionary technique that would allow for areas of the pottery to have a matte finish and other areas to be a glossy jet black. Pacano, which means "The Coming of the Spirits" in the Tewa language, was also a painter in his own right. He painted Pueblo rituals and abstract designs with colored pencil and watercolor, and featured Western figurative types against blank backgrounds.
His wife, Maria, is viewed as a preeminent potter and Native American artist.
- ↑ "Maria & Julian Martinez Pottery". Masterpiece Technologies. Retrieved 11/13/07.
- ↑ Julian Martinez, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 11/13/07.
- ↑ Julian Martinez. Worldwide Arts Resources. Retrieved 11/13/07.
- ↑ Sublette, M.J. [ "Maria Martinez and San Ildefonso Pottery"], Medicine Man Gallery, Inc. Retrieved 11/13/07.
- ↑ "Julian Martinez Biography" Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 11/13/07.
- ↑ Julian Martinez. Retrieved 11/7/07.