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Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina, Circa 1974

Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina, Circa 1974

Elizabeth Medina

Born on Jemez Pueblo and married into the Zia Pueblo, is the wife of Marcellus Medina.  Elizabeth was inspired by, and taught to make pottery by her mother-in-law, Sophia Medina.  Elizabeth strives to design with the same style and enthusiasm as her Mother-in-law Sophia. She was granted permission by the Zia Pueblo Elders to make pottery in the Zia style and tradition early in her career, and has made Zia style pottery most of her adult life. She continues today as one of the most accomplished Zia potters, continuing with the traditional styles, shapes and methods.  Elizabeth has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market, and her work can be found in museums nationwide. We are pleased to carry Elizabeth's work at both King Galleries in Scottsdale and Santa Fe, and of course a great selection here online.

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Medina, Elizabeth – Lidded Jar with Rainbow Band and Hummingbirds

Elizabeth Medina is known for a traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar is painted with a large bird with a rainbow band over the top of the section.  The birds on each side are different in style.  Overhead is a polished red rainbow band which has additional cloud and rain designs.  On the sides are flowers and small hummingbirds!  They are very charming.   The jar incorporates various clay slips for the colors and some are polished and some are matte.  The contrast of the matte and polished areas creates a striking appearance. The top of the lid is polished red while the turtle is added and slipped tan.  There is a polished and painted bird and flowers on the top.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia. Around the neck of the jar are rain and cloud patterns.  Separating the birds are intricately painted flowers with polished petals.  The jar is striking with the variations of matte and polished surfaces.  The top of the lid is polished red while the turtle is added and slipped tan.  There is a polished and painted bird and flowers on the top.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia.

$ 400.00
Medina, Elizabeth – Jar with 4 Birds, Flowers & Turtle Lid

Elizabeth Medina is known for a traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar is painted with four birds on the sides.  Each bird has different variations in the wings, bodies, and tails.  The bodies of some of the birds are stone polished with red and tan clay slips. Around the neck of the jar are rain and cloud patterns.  Separating the birds are intricately painted flowers with polished petals.  The jar is striking with the variations of matte and polished surfaces.  The top of the lid is polished red while the turtle is added and slipped tan.  There is a polished and painted bird and flowers on the top.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia.

$ 325.00
Medina, Elizabeth – Jar with Old Style Birds, Flowers and Lid

Elizabeth Medina is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  The designs on this jar harken back to early Zia pottery with the hatchwork, prayer feathers and circles.  There are two larger birds on the sides of the jar.  They are slipped with a tan clay.  Separating them are two smaller birds, also in tan.  Surrounding the smaller birds are cloud, rain and prayer feather designs.  The deeper red areas are both matte and polished.  The jar is complex with the variations of matte and polished surfaces.  The top of the lid is polished red while the turtle is added and slipped tan.  There is a polished and painted bird and flowers on the top.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia”.

$ 475.00
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