Bertina Tosa “Ice Line” was named after
her grandmother. She is a full blooded Native American Indian born in
1960 into the Jemez Pueblo.
She was inspired to continue the long lived tradition of hand coiling
pottery from her mother, Mary S. Toya. Mary taught Bertina all the fundamentals
of making pottery the traditional way.
Bertina began experimenting with pottery making at the age of 13. She
didn’t seriously pursue pottery making until she graduated from
High School. Then, the lucrative aspect of the business played a key
roll in her pursuing a career as an artist.
Bertina specializes in hand coiled traditional pottery. She gathers
her clay and other natural pigments from the hills within the Jemez
Pueblo. She cleans, mixes, hand coils, shapes, paints, and fires her
pottery the traditional way, outdoors, with cedar wood chips. She hand
paints her designs with the natural pigments that she collects within
She hand coils bowls, wedding vases, and on occasion, she constructs
She signs her pottery as: B. Tosa, Jemez.
Bertina is related to many famous pottery artists among them are: Elizabeth
Medina (sister) and Marcellus Medina (brother-in-law).
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