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Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Four Color Stoarge Jar with Birds & Rainbows

Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Four Color Stoarge Jar with Birds & Rainbows

13"w x 11"h
$ 2,800.00
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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”.


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Artist

Artist

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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