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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 & Lois Medina – Jar with Hummingbirds & Clouds

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 striking in design and a very classic Zia shape with the high shoulder and slight neck.  The jar has an intricate cloud and rain design around the neck.  Around the side of the jar it is very intricately painted with a stylized hummginbird, flower and plant patterns.  This is an unusual bird style for them with the intricately painted wings of the hummingbirds, which are then slipped with clay to create the coloration.  Note as well the use of the hatchwork designs which are very tightly painted.  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”.

$ 900.00
Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Jar with Zia 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 striking in design and a very classic Zia shape with the high shoulder and slight neck.  The jar has a rainbow design which is polished and below it on each side is a Zia bird. The birds are polished.  Under the rainbow are cloud and plant designs.  It is a complex pattern of design.  On the sides separating the two birds there is a very intricate butterfly pattern made up of rain and cloud motifs.  It is unusual to see their work with such complicated 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”.

$ 1,200.00
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
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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