Pino, Dolorita – Jar with Birds and Prayer Feathers (1980s)
Dolorita Pino was known for her traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. This jar has Zia birds painted on each side. Above each bird is a raincloud. Separating them are larger prayer feathers painted in black. The base is polished red. The jar was traditionally fired. 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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Dolorita Pino”.