Born into the Navajo Nation on June 30, 1941, Verda Toledo married a Jemez man and moved to his home at Jemez.
She began making pottery in the early 1990s and brought a whole new genre of Jemez pottery to the marketplace: completely matte surfaces on bowls and plates. This was probably the newest thing in Jemez pottery for hundreds of years, probably because she learned the traditional methods of making pottery from Santo Domingo Pueblo potter Thomas Tenorio.
Verda was an exhibitor for years at shows like the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Guild Indian Arts Fair & Market, Pueblo Grande Show and others. Her work is known for her bold Mimbres and geometric designs, done in Jemez colors.
Verda signs most of her pieces: "V.J.T. Jemez".