Toya, Dominique – Black Jar with Carved Mica Swirls
Dominique Toya is known for her intricately carved pottery with sharp ridged melon swirls. She has created her distinctive style of pottery using native clay and micaceous clay slips for the surface. This jar is fully polished with a section which is carved with sharp melon ribs. While the jar is fully polished the carved area is slipped with mica. While the jar is fired a deep black the ribs have a nearly silvery metallic appearance! The mouth of the jar is asymmetrical and the contrast of the polished and micaceous areas is visually striking in terms of how the light hits the surface. Dominique has won numerous awards for her pottery and continues to be one of the leading Jemez potters working today!