This beautiful jar is traditional in every aspect of its creation. It has basalt as a tempering agent and was formed in traditional coil method, painted with all natural materials and fired in an outdoor kiln. She placed her name on the polished red underbody just below the double framing lines in the manner she has always done. Sofia Medina is certainly one of the best known of her generation of potters from Zia Pueblo. She learned the techniques of pottery making from her husband’s grandmother, Trinidad Medina, who was one of the most talented potters at Zia. Sofia learned well and produced quality wares throughout her life. Sofia used all natural materials in her pottery, including the pigments for painting. Zia ollas are valued as water jars, since they are porous enough to allow water to seep through the wall of a jar sufficiently for evaporation and cooling of the water, yet the jar is strong enough to withstand the moisture. Sofia is award winning potter Marcellus Medina’s mother.
Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a private collection.