In November 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 pottery for the marketplace 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 redware and grayware 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.