Elizabeth Medina Pueblo Pottery MugItem No: 7096
A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by skilled Zia artist Elizabeth Medina. Medina is considered one of the most skilled potters still working in Zia today and often collaborates with her husband to create pieces that combined traditional and contemporary elements. This mug features traditional red and black Zia designs, including bird, floral, cloud, and rain patterns on a buff background. While the original clay piece is already at home in a permanent collection in Albuquerque, this replica is a great gift idea and a meaningful way to bring traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life.
Collect all five designs, available exclusively at Shumakolowa Native Arts!
- Collectible tall cafe style mug
- Original designs by artist Elizabeth Medina (Zia Pueblo)
- Cup measurements: 6"" H x 4-1/2 L x 3-1/4 W
- 18 oz
- This Item is Not Dishwasher or Microwave safe
The mugs are designed by Pueblo artists from New Mexico, and printed in the USA on imported ceramics.
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.
Zia Pueblo has a centuries-old tradition of making fine pottery. Historically, pottery was a thriving industry for this water-poor Pueblo and they were able to sustain themselves by trading their fine ceramics with Jemez, Santa Ana, and San Felipe Pueblos. Zia artisans traditionally made large jars and bowls for storage that were prized by neighboring Pueblos. Zia is the only Pueblo to use red clay tempered with crushed black basalt.
The traditional Zia style features a slipped white or buff background with a red base and designs painted onto the central area in black, brown, or red. The Pueblo’s signature design is the Zia bird, depicted with a single large eye and forked tail feathers. Zia potters also paint deer, flowers, arches, rainbow bands, and other natural imagery onto their vessels.
Today, pottery remains a vital art in Zia Pueblo with many artists still creating beautiful handcrafted pots with natural clay, carrying on a celebrated legacy of pottery-making.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand.
Pueblo potters do not use a wheel, but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method, or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral, or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel.
Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos.
Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
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