Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Lidded Jar with Hummingbirds and Feathers
Elizabeth Medina is known for her traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays, and native fired. This jar is made by Elizabeth and intricately painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina. Marcellus is certainly at his best when he is reviving historic Zia styles. The jar is very complex in design and combines the best aspects of Marcellus’s painting. Around the neck is a classic Zia feather pattern and rain. There are eight feathers. Below, around the shoulder, are alternating Zia hummingbirds and realistic hummingbirds. They are painted with clay, which is always difficult and yet Marcellus handles it with ease. The realistic birds show individual feathers and the Zia ones are surrounded by classic plant designs. The base of the jar is polished red. The jar has a lid with a small bear. It is painted with a bird and flowers on a red polished flat surface. The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.