Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina

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Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina artists signaturesElizabeth Medina (1956-) could possibly be listed as a potter from Jemez Pueblo because that is where she was born.  When she married Marcellus Medina of Zia Pueblo in 1978, she moved to Zia and received permission from Zia elders to make pottery in the Zia style.  Her teacher was Sofia Medina, her new mother-in-law. Because she has been at Zia Pueblo and has made pottery in the Zia style most of her adult life, she is referenced as a Zia potter and most properly so.

Marcellus Medina (1954-) is a native of Zia Pueblo, the son of Sofia and Rafael Medina.  He paints his wife’s pottery and does watercolor paintings. His specialty is using acrylic paints to paint figures on his wife’s traditional pottery, however, on this jar, he used traditional Zia mineral and vegetal paints, something he was doing in the early 1980s.