Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Large Jar with Eight Birds
This is a large storage jar by Elizabeth Medina and her husband Marcellus Medina. Elizabeth is known for her traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. This jar is intricately painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina. Marcellus is certainly at his best when he is reviving historic Zia styles. The jar has four large birds around the shoulder of the jar. Each bird is different and complex in design. Below each of the larger birds is a smaller bird and flowers. The birds and flowers are each highlighted with additional clay slips. There are four different colors of clay used to highlight the birds in addition to the black. The birds are very intricately designed with complex wings and bodies. The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.