Zia is an old northern New Mexico pueblo that was reported by Coronado's men in 1540. The common motif is the roadrunner, as well as stylized birds, rainbows, flowers, and other geometric patterns, in dark brown, brownish red, creamy white and red clay.
Zia Canteen by Sofia Medina (1932-2010), CPOTJOB15-16. This piece measures 7 3/4" wide, 4" deep and stands 6 1/2" tall. Sofia Pino married into the Medina family in 1948. She and her 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 Pueblo and Sofia learned well and produced quality wares throughout her life.