Zia Parrot Pot

Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina



A combination of two outstanding talents make one outstanding pot. Elizabeth is noted as a traditional potter; her equally renowned husband, Marcellus painted it.

Exquisitely formed, the olla is a background for the beautiful painting. Their artistic marriage is as successful as the real one.

The parrot design is an iconic one, in Pueblo art.

Here, the bird is surrounded by flowers, plants, and stylized feather forms. There is a similar bird design on the opposite side.

In between the two, a smaller, perkier bird is centered in a large Zia symbol that represents the sun, as well as the four corners of the earth.

The Zia designs alternate with the parrot designs. A slightly different version of this Zia design is featured on the New Mexico state flag.

It has also given its name to the Pueblo where it, and the artists, originated.

The olla is entirely hand fashioned, of course, and painted with natural clay slips and wild spinach infusion.

The nuances of russet, peachy tan, and pink were created by manipulating the red clay slip.

Mixing it with lighter clays created the lighter colors, while the terra cotta red is the natural clay color. The wild spinach paint created the black and brown.

This is a quintessentially traditional olla, with the little surprise of the zia patterns.

Classically formed and painted, both with astonishing precision and artistry, this is a notable piece for collectors, as well as admirers of fine pottery.


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