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Mary E. Toya (1934-1990)


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Pictue of Mary E Toya of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico

Mary E. Toya, Jemez Pueblo, active ca. 1950-1990: matte polychrome, red and black-on-tan Storytellers, jars, bowls, plates wedding vases. Mary 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 Toy was famous 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 photo: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

 

 

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