Maria Martinez was born in 1887 and died on July 20, 1980. She grew up in San Ildefonso Peublo in Arizona which is only twenty miles away from Flagstaff, Arizona. Maria's aunt taught her pottery skills when she was young. When they began selling their pottery in Flagstaff, Spanish and Anglo pottery were becoming very popular so it became hard to sell. They began experimenting with different techniques because they didn't want their Pueblo pottery and traditional ways of making it fade away.