This artist is known for her impeccable sgrafitto (etched, or scratched out) technique, perfected from childhood. During her long career, she has won major awards at all the important Indian crafts shows, including Santa Fe Indian Market. Marcella Yepa is her niece and protegee. Emma Yepa, another niece, has also joined them in the rank of significant talents. Taught by her mother, Felipita Toledo Yepa, Alvina is related to other major pottery families of Jemez, as well.