Camilla “Mia” Toya, member of the Corn
Clan is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1974
and was given the Indian name of Rainbow Basket.
Mia was inspired to continue the long lived tradition of working with
clay from many members of her family who are well known artisans. They
taught Mia where to gather the best clays and other natural pigments,
and construct her pottery using the ancient hand coiling methods of
Mia began working with clay at the age of 14 and continues to add her
unique style of art to this day.
Mia specializes in contemporary styled hand coiled melon swirl pottery
with butterfly lids.
She gathers her clay from within the grounds of the Jemez Pueblo. She
grinds the clay, hand cleans the clay, hand mixes the clay, hand coils,
shapes, cuts the lid portion of the pot while it is still damp. She
sands each melon pot individually to get the roundness of the swirl
in proportion with each other. Then, she hand shapes her butterflies
and hand paints them using natural colors. Once her pottery dries she
fires her pottery, outdoors.
Mia stated; “I love butterflies and have a strong passion for
creating my own style of art.”
She signs her pottery as: Camilla Toya, Jemez Pueblo.
She is related to the following artists: Maxine Toya (mother), Damian
Toya (brother), Marie Romero (grandmother), Laura Gachupin (aunt), and
Gordon Foley (cousin).
-1999 Santa Fe Indian Market 2nd Place
-1998 Santa Fe Indian Market 2nd Place
-1993 Santa Fe Indian Market Young Potters Award
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies