Traditional Jemez Potter with a contemporary style.
Emma Yepa elegantly blends elements of traditional Jemez pottery with her own unique, contemporary style.
She is well known for her innovative swirl melon designs that combine traditional shapes with two-toned red and white slips native to the area. She has won distinctive awards with various southwest region art competitions including the Eight Northern Arts and Crafts Show, Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show and the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market.
Emma has worked professionally as an artist for the past 15 years. She carries on the cultural tradition of
pottery making passed along from her grandmother to her mother to her. Emma is proud of her origins from Walatowa, which means “the place”, and is a member of the Coyote clan.
For Emma, pottery making is a way of continuing the traditions of her people and communicating about her life through her unique artistic ideas. She currently resides in Jemez Pueblo with her two daughters and son.
For Artist information and purchases, contact the Walatowa Visitor Center or call (505) 834-7235.