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Greenwich's Bruce Museum Displays Native American Pottery Collection

This Black-on-black storage jar by Maria and Santana Martinez is part of the collection at the Bruce Museum Collection in Greenwich.
This Black-on-black storage jar by Maria and Santana Martinez is part of the collection at the Bruce Museum Collection in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Paul Mutino
The Bruce Museum will launch its display of Native American pottery on Nov. 22.
The Bruce Museum will launch its display of Native American pottery on Nov. 22. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Bruce Museum in Greenwich will display its collection of Native American pottery, including pieces created by  the legendary potter Maria Martinez and her family, starting Saturday, Nov. 22.

The Native American Pottery show will explore the process of creating pottery, from the gathering of clay from the earth through careful firing of the final product.

The highlight will be the stunning black-on-black vessels made by Martinez, often referred to as the matriarch of Native American pottery, and her family members from the San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico.

“The Martinez family’s careful work demonstrates how creating pottery has been a sacred process throughout time in Southwest Native American culture,” Kathleen Holko, manager of School and Tour Services at the Bruce Museum and curator of the Native American Pottery show said in a statement.

“Beginning with the gathering of clay from the earth, to forming the pot with the coil-and-scrape method, to removing the pot from the fire, the materials and techniques used by Pueblo potters have remained consistent.”

Native American Pottery from the Bruce Museum’s Collection opens continues through March 29.

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, but closed on Thanksgiving. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and free to museum members and children under 5. Call 203-869-0376 or visit the website for more information.

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