Judy Toya (Waquie) was born into the Water Clan at Jemez Pueblo and has been making pottery since 1972. She comes from a long line of famous potters and her mother, Mary Toya, and aunt, Fannie Lorretto, passed their knowledge on to her. Anita and Mary Ellen Toya are her sisters. Myra Toya, Vernida Toya and Sharela Waquie are her daughters.
Judy is best known for her storytellers and her one-of-a-kind nativity sets, Christmas ornaments and friendship pots.
Judy earned a First Place ribbon for Nativities at the 2000 Santa Fe Indian Market.