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Jar by Sofia Medina, Zia

Sofia Medina was renown for her traditional style Zia pottery as well as creating very large ollas. She was a daughter of Juanita Pino, the wife of Rafael Medina and the mother of Marcellus Medina, Samuel Medina and Lois Medina. She learned to make pottery from Rafael's grandmother, Trinidad Medina. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. Sofia won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market and her work can be found in museums nationwide such as the Peabody Essex, SAR and the Heard Museum.

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Medina, Sofia – Jar with Four Birds and Rainbows (1980’s)

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is an exceptional piece of her pottery in both form and design.  The jar has a high shoulder and a slight neck. There are two large sections, etch with a bird and flower in the center.  Over each bird is a rainbow and cloud designs.  Note how the red and tan areas are stone polished.  Separating the larger medallions are two very intricate medallions.  They have cloud pattern and rain designs with the bird in the center.  The jar is very tightly painted. Did you know that Zia potters use basalt as their temper for the clay, which gives these pieces their stability but also weight.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”.

$ 775.00
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