Lydia Quezada de Talavera is the youngest of Juan Quezada's siblings and she learned the art of making pottery from him while she was still living at home with their parents. She taught her husband, Rito Talavera, to make pots, too, and then taught each of their children.
Lydia was producing black on black pottery early in her career, then moved to polished and matte black surfaces, then to a three-black design process. Then she moved to making large ollas of black and cream polychromes. Lydia is also a master of designs that combine elegance and precision: two-dimensional flat imagery with three-dimensional sculptural imagery.