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Maxine Toya, 2018, King Galleries | Santa Fe

Maxine Toya is a graddaughter of Persingula Gachupin, a daughter of Marie Romero and a sister of Laura Gachupin. She is also the mother of noted potter Dominique Toya. Maxine is among the most renown potters at Jemez Pueblo for her storytellers and other figurative works. She learned to make pottery from her grandmother and mother. Over the years she has won numerous awards for her work at Santa Fe Indian Market and the New Mexico State Fair.

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Toya, Maxine – Box with Rainbow Lid and Birds

This is an exceptional piece by Maxine Toya.  She said it is one of the few boxes which she has made.  Boxes are always difficult to make as they tend to crack in drying and firing.  The box itself is polished on the bottom band.  On two sides is a three-color rainbow over a bird.  On the sides of the rainbow are corn plants. The ends have stylized corn plants.  It is the lid which is white striking for this piece.  The handle is painted like a rainbow and below is a painted cloud.  The lid sits on a sculpted ridge on the top of the box.  She has made it so that it fits one way and there are little red clay dots to indicate the perfect fit!  The painting is all with natural clay slips and they lines are very fine and delicate.  Maxine traditionally fires her pottery, which adds to their striking appearance and difficulty.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maxine Toya”.

$ 900.00
Toya, Maxine – Corn Maiden Holding Corn

Maxine Toya is well known for her figurative pottery.   Each piece is coil built and stone polished and painted with natural clay slips.  This is one of her Corn Maiden figures.  The Corn Maiden has a fully polished shawl which she is wearing. On her manta is a very delicately painted corn plant and she is holding an ear of corn in her hand.  Note the intricacy in the face and the overall painting.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maxine Toya”.

$ 850.00
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