Sofia Medina and Lois Medina are a mother and daughter
team which with combined efforts produce some of the finest Zia Pueblo
pottery around today. Sofia was born in 1932 and Lois was born in 1959.
Sofia has been making pottery since 1963.
Trinidad Medina, who was a prolific and one of Zia’s finest potter’s,
taught her all the fundamentals of making traditional Zia pottery and
encouraged her to continue the long lived family tradition of hand coiling
Sofia and Lois specialize in making hand coiled Zia pottery just like
their ancestors before them. All the materials used on their pottery
come from within the Zia Pueblo. The clay is gathered from the grounds
within the pueblo. They clean, mix, hand coil, shape, paint, and fire
the pottery the traditional way, outdoors. The colors are derived from
natural plant life and minerals also found within the Zia Pueblo. They
both contribute equally while constructing their pottery. Trinidad encouraged
Sofia to teach each and every one of her children the art of hand coiling
traditional Zia pottery, so they may be able to contribute to the legacy
which is bestowed upon them as well.
Sofia & Lois said, “Spiritually, making pottery eases your
mind, and we sing and pray while making our pottery.”
They sign their pottery as: Sofia Medina-Lois Medina, Zia.
They are related to Marcellus Medina and Herman Medina (sons/brothers).
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