Mary E. Toya, Jemez Pueblo Potter
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Jemez Pueblo artist Mary E. Toya was known for her pottery making abilities. She created matte polychrome, red and black-on-tan Storytellers, jars, bowls, plates and wedding vases.
Mary E. Toya (1934-1990) was the wife of Casimiro Toya, Sr.; mother of Melinda Toya Fragua, Mary Ellen Toya, Judy Toya, Marie Roberta Toya, Yolanda Toya, Casimiro Toya, Jr., Etta Toya Gachupin, and Anita Toya.
Mary E. Toya was active ca. 1950-1990 and famously known for creating some of the largest Storytellers. Some of her dolls were covered with over a hundred babies. She passed her pottery-making tradition on to her daughters.
Reference and artist photo source: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
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