Elizabeth Medina

Zia Pueblo pottery artists Elizabeth and Marcellus Medina
Elizabeth Medina

Elizabeth Medina was born Elizabeth Toya at Jemez Pueblo in 1956, daughter of Mary S. Tafoya and sister of Bertina Tosa. She grew up in a family of potters and learned the Jemez way of making pottery, then she married Marcellus Medina in 1978 and moved to his home at Zia Pueblo. The Zia Elders gave her permission to make pottery in the Zia style and her mother-in-law, Sofia Medina, taught her the proper methods for doing that. She often works with her husband, Marcellus. Born in a family of Zia potters in 1954, Marcellus is a self-taught painter and these days, Elizabeth often makes the pot while Marcellus paints the design.

Since the early 1980's, Elizabeth has won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show, the New Mexico State Fair and the Colorado Indian Market in Denver.

By Elizabeth

Traditional designs on a polychrome pot
Polychrome pot with traditional and contemporary designs
3 1/4 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Traditional polychrome designs on a pot
Polychrome pot with traditional designs
 
Tradtional polychrome designs on a pot
Polychrome pot with traditional designs
8 in H by 9 3/4 in Dia
Pot with tradtional polychrome designs
Polychrome pot with traditional designs
6 3/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Bird, rainbow and geometric designs on a polychrome pot
Polychrome pot with bird, rainbow and geometric designs
8 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Geometric designs on a polychrome pot
Polychrome pot with geometric designs
9 in H by 8 3/4 in Dia
Eagle, dancer, sun-face katsina and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with eagle, dancer, sun-face katsina and geometric design
10 1/2 in H by 10 3/4 in Dia
Moth, floral and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with moth, floral and geometric design
10 1/4 in H by 10 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with geometric design
8 1/2 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Bird, rainbow, cloud and geometric design painted on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with bird, cloud, rainbow and geometric design
6 3/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Cloud, floral and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a cloud, floral and geometric design
11 1/4 in H by 11 1/4 in Dia
Roadrunner, rainbow and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a roadrunner, rainbow and geometric design
11 3/4 in H by 12 1/2 in Dia
Rainbow, roadrunner and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychromne jar decorated with a roadrunner, rainbow, rain cloud and geometric design
10 1/2 in H by 11 3/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery