Toya, Dominique – Mini Black Polished and Mica Melon
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 is one of her miniatures which has been fired black. The seedpot has a triangular opening and there are alternating polished and micaceous clay swirls. The micaceous sections are carved into the clay and slipped with mica and when fired have almost a silvery metallic appearance. The polished sections are flatter. Dominique has won numerous awards for her pottery and continues to be one of the leading Jemez potters working today!