Maxine Toya

Photo of Maxine Toya at work
Maxine Toya

Maxine was born on April 25, 1948 into a prominent family of potters on Jemez Pueblo: grandmother Persingula Gachupin, mother Marie G. Romero, sister Laura Gachupin, and daughters Dominique and Camilla Toya, all of whom were and are respected, prize-winning artists. She learned from some of the best potters in Jemez Pueblo and began producing pottery for the marketplace in 1971. In addition to being an award-winning potter, Maxine has also had a distinguished career as an educator in the Jemez Pueblo school system.

Her repertoire as an artist includes matte, polychrome and polished redware storytellers, nacimientos (Nativity scenes), corn maidens, clay sculptures, figures, miniature kivas and owls, plus textiles, prints, paintings and writings.

She signs her sculptures as: "Maxine Toya, Jemez", followed by the corn symbol to denote her Corn Clan origin.

Red micaceous slip on a polychrome nacimiento
Polychrome nacimiento with ten figures with a red micaceous slip
8 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Measurement of Mary and Joseph figures
Nativity scene with two figures
Polychrome nacimiento with two figures
 
Seven pieces in a nativity set
Nativity set with seven pieces
8 3/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Two pieces in a nativity set
Nativity set with two pieces
8 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Two pieces in a nativity set
Nativity set with two pieces
7 in H by 3 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Two piece polychrome nativity set
Polychrome two-piece nativity set
7 1/2 in H by 3 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Two piece polychrome nativity set
Polychrome two-piece nativity set
7 1/2 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
2 piece polychrome nativity set
Polychrome 2-piece nativity set
7 3/4 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Jemez owl figure
Polychrome Jemez owl figure
6 3/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Ladder and 2 koshares on a kiva
Kiva with 2 koshares and a ladder
7 1/2 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery