Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Four Color Jar with Deer & Birds
Sofia Medina and her daughter Lois Medina were known for the traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. This is jar is exceptional 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!