This lidded jar is the work of Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina. It measures 9.5” tall and 6” in diameter.
Marcellus is from Zia Pueblo. He was inspired to continue the family tradition of pottery making by his ancestors, the support of many people, creative inspiration, and economic motivation.
Marcellus signs his pottery as: Medina, year, and accents it with a zia bird symbol, Marcellus is related to the following artists: Elizabeth Medina (spouse), Sofia Medina (mother), and Lois Medina (sister). He has won many awards including first place at Santa Fe Indian Market, and Best of Show at the New Mexico State Fair.
Elizabeth Medina, “Sepia,” was born in 1956 into the Jemez Pueblo. She married into the Zia Pueblo and was inspired by her Mother-in-Law, Sofia Medina, to learn the art of working with clay.
Elizabeth observed Sofia with much enthusiasm in hopes of achieving the same skills. She specializes in handmade traditional Zia pottery with traditional symbols and birds. She digs up her own clay, cleans, mixes, coils, shapes, fires, and paints her pottery the traditional way, with natural colors.
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