Fine Pueblo Pottery
INDIVIDUAL ZIA POTTERY
Eagle Dancers J. D. Medina Zia Pottery
In Dr. Gregory Schaaf's authoritative 2000 Artists Biographies, we read that Jose de la Cruz medina (J. D. Medina) was born in 1935 and grew up at Zia Pueblo, the grandson of famed Trinidad Medina and the son San Juanito and Miguelita Medina. From 1949 to 1953, he attended Santa Fe Indian School and continued his education at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He became adept at painting in various media before he, along with brother, Rafael Medina, initiated the revolutionary for the times painting of pottery with acrylic paints. Rafael's son and J. D.'s nephew is currently carrying on what is now an established tradition in family pottery.
J.D. painted boldly colored dancers, Koshares, Indian women, and natural scenery with the flair and realism of painting on canvas. His eagle dancers are among the most attractive ever to be painted on pottery.
The present piece is a fine example of J. D.'s work, showing two different eagle dancers, clouds and Kiva steps. The pot is rare because of its very large size, measuring 10 1/2 inches tall by 14 inches wide. Note that pottery such as this becomes available only once in long while.
- Item No.: A1329
- Artist: Jose de la Cruz Medina - J. D. Medina
- Size: 10 1/2 in H x 14 in D
- Price: 3,400
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