Freeman, Anna Harber , Gonzales, Barbara

Shaped by Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Aphelandra. Co-written by Martinez's eldest great-grandchild (Gonzales), this picture book biography shows how the Pueblo potter revived an ancient art form used by her people and developed a new style of black-on-blackware pottery that became internationally recognized and sought after. Idealized cartoon illustrations depict both biographical events--her early apprenticeship to an aunt, her artistic partnership with her husband, Julian--and more abstract hopes and dreams, as when she drew on her heritage and passed on her knowledge to new generations. Additional background on both Martinez and the Tewa people, authors' notes, and a select bibliography are appended.


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