Juanita Vigil, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

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In the landmark exhibit Seven Families in Pueblo Pottery, a polychrome water jar, c.1919, was exhibited by Juanita Vigil and her elder sister, Maximiliana (Anna) Montoya. The style of the jar is black and red on cream. The shape is high necked with a well-compressed body. The painting is in four bands of designs: rain clouds around the rim, star-like ovals floating in space around the neck, reversed rain clouds around the shoulder, and horizontally aligned terraced rain clouds around the middle. The pot is attractive.

Juanita Vigil (1898-1933) taught her children: Carmelita Vigil and Albert Vigil, to make pottery.

Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf

TAGS: San Ildefonso Pueblo, Contemporary Southwest Indian Pottery