Benjamin & Geraldine “Laguna Flower”
Toya are full blooded Native American Indians born into the Jemez Pueblo.
Benjamin is a member of the Acorn Clan, and Geraldine is a member of
the Coyote Clan. Benjamin was born in 1964 and Geraldine was born in
They learned the art of pottery making at a very young age, but didn’t
take a serious interest in pottery making until 1985. They were inspired
by Margaret Sarracino (grandmother) and Pauline Sarracino (mother).
Benjamin & Geraldine specialize in hand-coiled pottery which they
decorate very ornately with corn stalks and intricate blossom patterns.
Their clay is gathered from within the Jemez Pueblo. It is cleaned,
mixed, hand-coiled, shaped, sanded, hand-painted, and fired outdoors,
the traditional way, with cedar wood chips.
They coil various shapes and sizes of wedding vases and pots. The colors
used on the pottery are derived by pigments from Mother Earth.
They enjoy working on the larger pottery because they can add more detail
on their pottery.
They are related to Reyes Panana (cousin) who is known for making koshare
clay sculptures and the late Louisa Panana (great grandmother). They
sign their pottery as: B.G. Toya, Jemez, N.M.
-1999 New Mexico State Fair 1st Place
-1998 New Mexico State Fair 1st place
-1998 New Mexico State Fair Best of Show
-1998 New Mexico State Fair Best of Pottery
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies