Marcellus & Elizabeth Medina
Zia Pueblo

Traditional Zia Olla

11" H x 11" D

Marcellus Medina was born into the Zia Pueblo in 1954. 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 is a painter from Zia Pueblo. He paints traditional and contemporary images in watercolors and acrylics. He is a self taught painter and has been painting since the age of 10.

He has devoted the majority of his life to being an art student and currently is still a practicing artist.

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.

He appears in the following publications:

-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
-Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery
-American Indian Pottery
-Talking With The Clay
-Southwestern Pottery 1999 Edition

His work can be found in the following permanent collections:

-Albuquerque International Airport, Alb. NM
-Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA
-School of American Research, Santa Fe NM

Elizabeth Medina, “Sepia,” was born in 1956 into the Jemez Pueblo. She married into the Zia Pueblo. She 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. It appears from what Elizabeth has accomplished, that she has achieved her goal.

Elizabeth specializes in the 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.

Elizabeth signs her pottery as: Elizabeth Medina, Zia. Elizabeth is related to the following artists: Marcellus Medina (husband), Lois Medina (sister-in-law), and Sofia Medina (mother-in-law).

Gallery Price: $2,200.00


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