Jody Folwell was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1942 and learned her pottery making skills from her mother, Rose Naranjo.
Jody is known for her "innovative, off-round, uneven-lipped, asymmetrical polished pots." She is also known for her use of social commentary and satire in her pots. In 1984, she and sculptor Bob Haozous collaborated to create a pot that received the Best of Show award at Santa Fe Indian Market. Some of her pots are in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian.
In 2009-2010 the Heard Museum featured works by Jody Folwell and her daughters, Susan Folwell and Polly Rose Folwell, in their "Mothers & Daughters: Stories in Clay" exhibit.
Of her work, Jody Folwell has said, "I think of each piece as an artwork that has something to say on its own, a statement about life. I think of myself as being a contemporary potter and a traditionalist at the same time. Combining the two is very emotional and exciting to me."