Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Benjamin and Geraldine Toya


Artist Profile

Benjamin and Geraldine “Laguna Flower” Toya were both born into the Jemez Pueblo. Benjamin is a member of the Acorn Clan and Geraldine is a member of the Coyote Clan. The couple learned the art of pottery making at a very young age but did not take a serious interest in pottery making until 1985. They were inspired by Margaret Sarracino (grandmother) and Pauline Sarracino (mother).

Benjamin and Geraldine specialize in hand-coiled pottery which they decorate ornately with corn stalks and intricate blossom patterns. They coil various shapes and sizes of wedding vases and pots. They enjoy working on larger pottery because they can add more detail on their pottery. They are related to Reyes Panana (cousin) who is known for making koshare clay sculptures and the late Louisa Panana (great grandmother). They sign their pottery: B.G. Toya, Jemez, N.M.

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