Authors Charles King and Richard Spivey present Pueblo potter and painter Tony Da's artwork and life story in this testament to his legacy. Grandson of legendary
pottery Maria Marinez and son of Popovi Da, Tony Da was both an art superstar
of his time (the high of his career was in the 1960s and 70s) and a deeply
private individual. This intimate portrayal brings the reader into the
innovative and volatile world of San Ildefonso potter Tony Da.
- Author: Charles S. King, Richard L. Spivey
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Rio Nuevo; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
- ISBN-10: 1933855606
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 12 inches
Charles S. King is the owner of King Galleries of Scottsdale, which represents the Pueblo pottery of many of today's leading potters. Charles has been a judge since 1996 for pottery at prestigious art events such as Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Market. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Richard L. Spivey was a close personal friend of Popovi Da, Tony's father, and also had personal dealings with Tony himself. Richard is the author of Maria and The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez. He continues an ongoing involvement with Pueblo ceramics with museums, collectors, and juried shows. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
San Ildefonso Pueblo is best known for its black-on-black style of pottery made famous by legendary potter Maria Martinez. Along with her husband Julian, Maria pioneered this style that combines matte and polished black surfaces around 1920, drawing upon pottery artifacts being excavated at the time from ancient Pueblo sites. They shared their techniques with the rest of San Ildefonso, which energized the economic and cultural life of this small Pueblo. Today, San Ildefonso black-on-black vessels are extremely valuable and one of the most recognized forms of Pueblo pottery in the world. In the 20th century, San Ildefonso potters became known for their originality, innovating new designs and shapes. Along with Santa Clara, they were among the first potters to carve designs into the clay rather than painting upon the surface, a huge shift in style that had a tremendous impact on the Pueblo pottery world. In addition to blackware, contemporary San Ildefonso artists also create beautiful redware and polychrome style pottery. Though San Ildefonso is a small Pueblo, their potters have had an enormous impact on the development of modern Pueblo pottery, and their work continues to be highly valued and collected today.
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