Vigil, Albert & Josephine – Large Jar with Avanyu (1960’s)
Albert and Josephine Vigil worked together on their pottery. Albert Vigil (1927-2009) was the son of painter Romando Vigil, one of the members of the San Ildefonso School of watercolor artists. He as also a nephew of Maria Martinez. His wife was Josephine Cordova Vigil (1927-2001) from Taos Pueblo. She moved to San Ildefonso when she married Albert. Josephine learned pottery making by watching her aunts-in-law Maria Martinez and Clara Montoya. Maria taught her how to shape the clay and Clara taught her how to polish. They began making pottery in 1945. This is a larger piece of their pottery with a wide shoulder and a sloping neck. The jar is painted with a water serpent which encircles the piece. It is a complex design and note the clouds around the rim of the bowl. The bottom of the bowl is also painted with a feather pattern. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Albert + Josephine”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
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