#adobegallery - Contemporary Zia Pueblo Polychrome Olla with Birds by Sofia Medina (1932- ) - Sofia Medina is certainly one of the best known of that generation of potters from Zia Pueblo. She and her new husband Rafael (1929-1998) lived with his grandmother, Trinidad Medina who taught Sofia the techniques of potting. Her mentor, Trinidad, was one of the most talented potters at Zia and Sofia learned well and produced quality wares throughout her life.
The Mimbres, an ancient Native American people, are part of the cultural history of the American Southwest. They lived in the desert valleys of southwestern New Mexico along small rivers flowing from the surrounding mountains and in parts of Arizona and northern Mexico. For a relatively short period—from A.D. 850 to 1150—they made astonishingly beautiful pottery