Elizabeth Medina Pueblo Potter from Zia and Jemez

Elizabeth Medina


  • Award-winning Potter
  • Originally from Jemez. Lives in Zia
  • Traditional and Contemporary Zia Pottery
  • Santa Fe Indian Market
  • Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show
  • Santa Fe Indian Market
  • New Mexico State Fair
  • Colorado Indian Market at Denver

Elizabeth Medina is widely considered the most skilled potter working in Zia Pueblo today. Originally from Jemez, Medina has lived in Zia Pueblo since 1978 and learned the art of traditional pottery-making from her mother-in-law, Sofia Medina. Elizabeth Medina is known for making pottery in the traditional Zia style, and her pots feature incredible craftsmanship, elegance of form and exquisitely painted designs. She has won awards from Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show, the New Mexico State Fair and the Colorado Indian Market.

She also works with her husband, Marcellus Medina. The husband-and-wife team often collaborate to create exquisite handmade pottery. In their pottery collaborations, Elizabeth creates and forms the pots by hand from homemade clay, and Marcellus paints the unique, highly detailed designs onto each vessel.  They are also known for creating the annual trophy for the New Mexico Gildan Bowl.

Medina was one of five Pueblo potters who honored the Starbucks at Avanyu Plaza upon its grand opening in 2015 by crafting a custom “Starbucks-style” clay mug. The one-of-a-kind piece is on permanent display in the cafe for visitors to enjoy, alongside four others by artists Robin Teller (Isleta), Erik Fender (San Ildefonso), Patricia Lowden (Acoma), and Frederica Antonio (Acoma).

Read the interview with Media. Learn about about her work as a potter over the decades, how she approached the popular mug project., and more... HERE >>