Medina, Sofia & Lois Medina – Large Four Color 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 four large sections with birds. Two of the birds are under double rainbows and two of the birds are under single rainbows. Near the base of the jar are flower motifs. The entire piece is fully painted and 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”.