Santa Clara-Tewa


Barbara Martinez “Jo-Povi”, Cactus Flower, is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born into the Pueblo of Santa Clara-Tewa, in 1947.

Barbara was inspired to learn the art of working with clay from her Mother, Flora Narranjo. Barbara began making pottery in 1965, when she was 18 years old.

Barbara specializes in the traditional handmade black and red carved Santa Clara pottery.

She gathers her own clay from within the hills of the Santa Clara Pueblo. She cleans, mixes, hand coils, shapes, carves, and fires the pottery, outdoors. Barbara’s favorite piece to carve is the tall vase with the water serpent and carved feather designs.

Barbara signs her pottery as Barbara Martinez, Santa Clara Pueblo.

Barbara is related to the following artists: Vickie Martinez (daughter), Chris Martinez, Manuel Martinez, Sammy Naranjo (sons), and Glenda Naranjo (sister).

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