Signing her Art

Throughout her career, Maria signed many pots with different signatures and often included many of her collaborator's names. When Maria was first encouraged to sign her pots, she was told that the name Marie would be more familiar to non-Pueblo people, so many of her earlier work is signed "Marie." As she became known, she changed her signature to "Maria" and then "Maria Poveka."

As different collaborators entered Maria's life, their names were added. The names of her husband Julian, her daughter-in-law Santana, her son Popovi, and even her grandson Tony Da have each appeared on Maria's pottery.

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