AKA: Tomasita Montoya-Sanchez

Tomacita Montoya

Tomacita C. Montoya

Tomasita Reyes Montoya

Some vessels were made with her daughter:

Dominquita Sisneros/Naranjo

Some vessels were made by both Tomacita & Reyes, her husband, who probably collaborated by gathering the clay and conducting the firing (personal communication with Gregory Schaaf, author of Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies). These vessels are probably signed "Tomasita Reyes Montoya".

Lifespan: February 2, 1899 to May 22, 1978

Active: 1930 - 1970's


Not a common signature, "C' possibly stands for Cata, Tomasita's maiden name.

VESSEL FORMS: Bowls, Pottery Baskets, Jars

SURFACE TREATMENT: Incised polychrome redwares,

some fine line, and micaceous wares.


Sister of Billy Cata & Reyes Cata

Wife of Juan Reyes Montoya

Mother of Dominguita Naranjo

Mother of Rosita de Herrera


One of the original seven potters of the 1930 "San Juan Revival"


1N Tomasita Montoya Encised Polychrome Jar

Circa 1970's

Approximate Dimensions: 4 1/2" by 6"

Auction Estimate Value: $200 to $300


2N Tomasita C. Montoya Encised Polychrome Pottery Basket

Signed in fired-on white paint.

Approximate Dimensions: 5" by 4 1/2 "



R.G. Munn Auction, LLC; March 2006

(Lot # 60)

Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies

Gregory Schaaf, 2000



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