Eusebia Shije, Zia Matriarch Rare Large Zia Pottery
Eusebia Shije was born in the early 1930, and has been creating magnificent works of clay art for the past 60 years. Her pottery has won numerous awards throughout the Southwest including the exhibits at the Indian Arts Fund for overall Excellence in 1981, the Richard M. Howard award for Best Traditional Zia Pottery in 1979 and 1980, and has taken first, second and third place for jars and bowls a number of years in the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market.
This is a beautiful pot made by a potter who is a legend in her own time, but who is no longer active in her art. It is a large piece, measuring 8 1/2 inches tall by 10 inches wide. It is decorated with two different renditions of the Zia Bird differently colored and artistically encased in rainbow bands decorated with floral designs and geometric elements. The painting is sharp and bold with no defects.
All the elements to construct this wonderful piece were provided by Mother Earth. The clay was gathered from around the Zia pueblo, was hand coiled into the olla, and fired over open ground (not in a kiln).
Item No.: A1592
Artist: Eusebia Shije
Size: 8 1/2 in H x 10 in D