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Christine Tosa

Christine R. Tosa was born in 1950 into the Jemez Pueblo. She was inspired to learn the art of pottery making from her Mother-in-Law, the late Persingula Tosa. Christine began experimenting with pottery making at the age of 12. She learned all the fundamentals of pottery making, and began hand coiling small bowls and worked her way up to larger pottery.

Christine specializes in handmade Jemez Pueblo, polished pottery. All of her pottery comes from Mother Earth, from start to finish. She digs up her own clay, mixes, shapes, paints and fires her pottery, the traditional way, outdoors. She paints birds, serpents, feathers, and other traditional designs on her pottery. Christine can make all shapes and sizes of pottery. She said “I always start out making bowls, and before I know it, I have a wedding vase.” Wedding vases are extremely challenging to make and she welcomes the challenge. Christine signs her pottery as: C. Tosa, Jemez, Walatowa.

Christine is related to the following artists: Maxine Andrew (daughter), Jennifer Andrew (daughter), and Anasita Chinana.