Maxine Toya

Maxine Toya

Master Jemez pueblo figurative pottery artist Maxine Toya (b. 1948) began painting her family’s pottery at age 8 or 9. She credits her 4th-6th grade teacher Al Momaday who was her first painting teacher. Continuing to paint throughout her high school years, Maxine attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) where she studied textiles and pottery. The historic Santa Fe hotel, Bishop’s Lodge, chose her Pueblo Flowers design for the hotel's drapery. While raising children Dominique and Mia, she continued to help her mother, noted potter Marie G. Romero, with her pottery while teaching pottery to both her children (both noted potters themselves). Maxine’s first piece of pottery was an owl figure, made while watching her mom make an owl. Maxine’s owls remain collector favorites. Marie G. also made storytellers, inspiring Maxine to make the figurative potteries that she is known for today. She was also inspired by the simplicity of master sculptor Allan Houser's work. Her subject matter is inspired by her pueblo upbringing including being Corn Clan. There is a warmth and humanity to each piece she creates. Her figures are known for their beautiful faces.

Her subject matter is inspired by her pueblo upbringing including being Corn Clan. There is a warmth and humanity to each piece she creates. Her figures are known for their beautiful faces.

Maxine Toya's Work

  • Jemez 4-Color Corn Maiden with Painted Corn Stalks by Maxine Toya $1000
  • Zia Corn Maiden by Maxine Toya $700
  • Jemez Polychrome Angel by Maxine Toya $300
  • Jemez Polychrome Mother and Child by Maxine Toya $500
  • Jemez 3 Hopi Maidens Pottery Figure by Maxine Toya $1800