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

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

11.75"w x 10.25"h
$ 2,200.00
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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!

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Medina, Lois (1959-2003)

Lois Medina, Zia

Lois Medina was a daughter of Sofia and Rafael Medina and a sister of Marcellus Medina. She learned to make pottery from her grandmother Juanita Pino and her mother Sofia. She created traditional Zia pottery and was know for her distinctive style of painted surfaces.

Medina, Sofia (1932-2010)

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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