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Evelyn Vigil (1921-1995)


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Evelyn Vigil, Jemez Pueblo, active ca. 1940s-1995: Pecos glazeware, tanware, and redware with dark brown glaze paint outlining cream and orange design elements, and yucca sifter baskets. Evelyn is the mother of Andrea Vigil Fragua, and 6 other children; 15 grandchildren.


Evelyn Vigil is a direct descendant of the 38 people from Pecos Pueblo who moved in 1828 to Jemez Pueblo. She deserves much credit for her productive efforts in the 1970s and 1980s promoting a revival of Pecos glazware. She was joined by her daughter Andrea Vigil Fragua, as well as Juanita Toya Toledo and Persingula M. Casiquito.


The type of glazeware they revived was made originally from about 1250 to 1700. These early glazeware pots are highly valued by collectors. The revival of Pecos glazeware represents a major contribution in the art history of Pueblo pottery.

 

Reference: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

 


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