Lorraine Chinana

Jemez Pueblo potter Lorraine Chinana
Lorraine Chinana

In November of 1955, Lorraine Chinana was born to Albert and Marie (Toya) Vigil of Jemez Pueblo. She learned the traditional ways of making pottery from her grandmother, Reyes S. Toya, and began producing in 1981.

Lorraine's pieces are often experimental and she is somewhat unique at Jemez for her use of blue slips. She also likes to make red ware and gray ware wide mouth vases, bowls, jars and seedpots, decorated with sgraffito and polychrome designs. Her favorite designs include cloud patterns, rain and feather patterns, hummingbirds, flowers and Jemez geometrics.

A sgraffito feather and geometric design on a grey jar
Grey jar decorated with a sgraffito feather and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito feather and geometric design on a red seed pot
Red seed pot decorated with a feather and geometric design
3 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito feather and geometric design on a grey seed pot
Grey seed pot decorated with a sgraffito feather and geometric design
2 1/2 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito hummingbird and flower design on a red seed pot with an organic opening Red seed pot decorated with a sgraffito hummingbird, flower and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia

Jemez Pueblo Potters