Zia Pueblo Pottery

Zia Pueblo
Pueblo Pottery Maine presents traditional and contemporary pottery by artists from Zia Pueblo including Lois and Sofia Medina. Elizabeth Toya Medina, Ruby Panana, Eleanor Pino-Griego, Marcellus Medina, Kimberly Toribio, Marcella Medina and Irene Herrera.

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by Chuck HallRuby Panana is an accomplished potter from Zia Pueblo celebrating over 20 years as a potter. During that time she has won awards at the New Mexico State Fair, Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Guild Market, and the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show. (Photo by Pueblo Pottery Maine at the 2007 Santa Fe Indian Market)

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The pot at right, top, is one of Ruby's finest pieces. The detail, shape, color - all highest quality. A superb example of Zia pottery at its best. This olla measure 11 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide. Your price $1200 ~ Item #Z302. Shipping Included.  Please click here to see an enlargement.

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Ruby Panana potteryThe piece at left is a Zia polychrome beauty with perfect shape, deep colors and wonderfully creative and whimsical graphics. Ruby really let her creativity take over when she created this piece using a parrot rather than the running bird. We feel it represents a great effort and a result to be treasured. This pot measures an impressive 10.25 inches tall by 9 inches wide.Your price $720 ~ Item #Z351Includes Shipping! Click here to see an enlargement.

Ruby's work is in many major collections (including the Wright Museum at Harvard) and exhibited at the best galleries in the Southwest including the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Indian Craft Shop, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Ruby was taught by her mother, well-known potter Seferina Bell. Gregory Schaaf states in his book Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies. Dr. Schaaf states that "Ruby is known for creating some of the largest classic polychrome ollas, in the tradition of Trinidad Medina and Sophia Medina".

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Rachel Medina is originally of Zia but signs her work Rachel Medina-Raton of Santa Ana. She has been an active potter since the 1980s working with polychrome jars and bowls. She is the daughter of Sofia and Rafael Medina and has several well-known potters among her siblings including Marcellus Medina (husband of Elizabeth Medina) and Lois Medina who often collaborated with her mother, Sofia. Rachel creates pottery in both the Santa Ana and Zia styles having lived in both pueblos. Her mother, Sophia Medina taught her Zia Pueblo techniques and designs. Eudora Montoya taught her Santa Ana designs. This allows Rachel to create a very unique style of pottery blending the heritage of both pueblos.

Her work is included in Berger & Schiffer's "Pueblo & Navajo Contemporary Pottery", Rick Dillingham's "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery", Hayes & Blom's "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni", "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies," by Dr. Gregory Schaaf and Peaster's "Pueblo Pottery Families".

The olla at top is a beautiful creation with excellent shape, design execution and rich colors. Most impressive is the flow and complexity of the graphics. One can see the Zia aspects but then there is the Santa Ana influence in elements, presentation and flow. Rachel's work is very impressive and unique, definitely a plus in any collection. This olla measures 10 inches tall by 11 inches wide and it is very reasonably priced. Your price $995 ~ Item #Z327. Please click here to see an enlargement.  SOLD

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Some feedback...

I received the pots yesterday. Very nice. Thanks indeed. You never disappoint!
A.S. - Arlington, Virginia

Thank you so much for working with me to allow me to acquire this spectacular piece. You can be sure it will be most admired and appreciated.
J.H. - Southampton, New Jersey

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