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Sofia and Lois Medina, Zia

Sofia Medina

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 – 16″ Storage Jar with Birds

This is a spectacular and massive storage jar bySofia Medina.  The jar is made in the traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is jar is exception form, color and painting.  The jar is painted with four sections of birds.  Each opposing bird is different.  Over each bird is a polished rainbow band.  Under two of the rainbows there are rain clouds.  Under the other two are bird wings.  Note the overall complexity of design from the base to the rim!  The jar is simply beautifully polished and painted.  Note as well the coloration of the jar, which a more brownish coloration for which Sofia was famous.  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 very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is one small area of missing slip on the rim.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”.  Not just a classic piece of their pottery, but outstanding in size, design and color as well!

$ 2,600.00
Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Four Color Stoarge Jar with Birds & Rainbows

Sofia Medina and her daughter Lois Medina were known for a traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is jar is striking in design and a very classic Zia shape with the high shoulder and slight neck.  The jar has two large sections with birds and very complex double rainbow band.  Separating each of the rainbow bands are small cloud designs.  The bird is surrounded by complex rain and flower designs.  The opposite sides have large birds with a single rainbow band and flower patterns.  Note how the rainbow bands are stone polished areas!  There are equally complex variations of fine-line and hatchtwork patterns.  Did you know that Zia potters use volcanic basalt as their temper for the clay, which gives these pieces their stability but also weight.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia & Lois Medina”.

$ 2,800.00
Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Four Color Jar with Deer & Birds

Sofia Medina and her daughter Lois Medina were known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is jar is exception in the form and the painting.  The jar is painted on two sections with a rainbow design and below the rainbow is a deer. The rainbow and the deer are polished with two different colored clays.  Note the leaves over the back of the deer and there are two different colors of clay in each leaf!  The area around the deer has thinly painted lines.  Separating the deer are two sections of large birds.  Each bird is surrounded by plant designs along with cloud patterns. 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 very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia & Lois Medina”.  Not just a classic piece of their pottery, but outstanding in size, design and color as well!

$ 2,200.00
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