Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Four Color Stoarge Jar with Birds & Rainbows
Sofia Medina and her daughter Lois Medina were known for a traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. This is jar is striking in design and a very classic Zia shape with the high shoulder and slight neck. The jar has two large sections with birds and very complex double rainbow band. Separating each of the rainbow bands are small cloud designs. The bird is surrounded by complex rain and flower designs. The opposite sides have large birds with a single rainbow band and flower patterns. Note how the rainbow bands are stone polished areas! There are equally complex variations of fine-line and hatchtwork patterns. Did you know that Zia potters use volcanic 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”.