While at Elmer and Deborah Torres's gift shop on Wednesday (8/17), Elmer gave me as a gift a copy of the "Classic Maria Martinez" DVD on active display in their store. I got hooked in watching the first few scenes of Maria's creating a pot. I don't know if Elmer knew that my technical background is ceramic engineering, so I watched the DVD at home with Birgitta on Saturday with two sets of eyes: those of engineer and poet.
|Maria & Julian|
|Maria Martinez Bowl|
|Maria Martinez Plate|
|Maria at work|
I gained an entirely new perspective of making and firing specially prepared clay and its behavior under high crafted heat and skilled smothered quenching. I will watch that DVD many times!