Emma Lewis was born into Acoma Pueblo on October 4, 1931, the daughter of Toribio Haskaya Lewis and famous Acoma pottery matriarch, Lucy M. Lewis.
Emma was an active potter for more than 40 years, starting around 1952. She worked a lot with Mimbres-Revival and Anasazi-Revival black-on-white and polychrome ollas, jars, bowls, seedpots, plates and owl figures. She first participated in the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1960 and earned many ribbons and accolades over the four decades she went there.
Emma's work is included in nearly every major institution and private collection including the Heard Museum, Harvard's Wright Collection at the Peabody Museum, Maxwell Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Arts and many more.
Emma passed on in 2013.