Spivey, Richard L. 1937-

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SPIVEY, Richard L. 1937-

PERSONAL: Born April 2, 1937, in San Jose, CA; son of Thomas S. (a restaurateur) and Sylvia (a homemaker; maiden name, Rhoten) Spivey; married Leora Scattini, August, 1963 (divorced, 1970); married Lynne Plant (a housewife), November 24, 1978. Education: Stanford University, B.A. 1958.

ADDRESSES: Home and office—Carmel, CA. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Museum of New Mexico, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087.

CAREER: Spivey's Coffee Shops, San Jose, CA, general manager, 1959-62, president, 1962-69; Indian Trader (dealers in Pueblo pottery), Santa Fe, NM, owner, 1969-81; American Indian art consultant and farmer, beginning 1981. Judge of Pueblo Indian pottery for Southwestern Association on Indian Affairs, Heard Museum, and Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial; Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, vice president of board of trustees, guest curator, 1980. Military service: U.S. Army Reserve, 1959-65.

MEMBER: Southwestern Association on Indian Affairs (past president), California State Restaurant Association (member of board of directors), Old Santa Fe Association (member of board of directors).


Maria, Northland Press (Flagstaff, AZ), 1979, revised edition, 1981.

The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez, photographs by Herbert Lotz, Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Arizona Highways: Indian Arts and Crafts, edited by Clara Lee Tanner, Arizona Highways (Phoenix, AZ), 1976; author of foreword, Susan Brown McGreevy, Maria: The Legend, the Legacy, Sunstone Press (Santa Fe, NM), 1982. Contributor to American Craft and El Palacio. Member of editorial advisory board, American Indian Art.

SIDELIGHTS: Richard L. Spivey once told CA: "In regard to my career with Pueblo Indian pottery, I have to give considerable credit to Popovi Da, the son of Maria Martinez, who was my mentor until his death in 1971. Without his guidance and support, it would have been difficult to obtain the depth of knowledge and the degree of success that I achieved in this field. Popovi Da provided a compelling reason for writing the book on Maria.

"A subject of vital importance to Pueblo Indian pottery is the disturbing recent and growing use of nontraditional methods and materials in the manufacture of what is represented as traditionally made pottery. I will deal with this subject in a future book on Pueblo potters.

"I have a broad interest in ceramics in general, but especially (other than Pueblo Indian pottery) I am interested in early Japanese and Chinese wares, and the contemporary folk-craft pottery wares of Japan."



Arizona Highways, May, 1974.

Arizona Republic, March 12, 1972.

Library Journal, June 15, 2003, Sylvia Andrews, review of The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez, p. 69.

Los Angeles Times, October 5, 1971.

Santa Fean, December, 1973-January, 1974.

Santa Fe Reporter, August 14, 1980.*