Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – 12″ Tall Lidded Jar with Hummingbirds
Elizabeth Medina is known for the traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays, and native fired. This jar was made by Elizabeth and painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina. The jar has a round shoulder and an elongated neck. The piece is painted with 17 realistic hummingbirds. They are each painted with clay slips, which is amazing how much detail he is able to achieve! Each of the hummingbirds is different in how they are flying or interacting with one another. This is certainly Marcellus’s painting at its best. The base of the jar has traditional Zia flowers. Around the neck are rain designs. The lid has a turtle on top with a classic Zia bird on the back. The base of the lid is slipped red and painted with rain designs. It is a complex and striking piece that combines strong painting that perfectly fits the shape of the vessel. The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.