Vigil, Minnie – Large Polychrome Bowl with Feather and Rain Designs (1980s)
Minnie Vigil is renowned for her polychrome pottery. In the 1980’s she created a distinctive style of pottery using different clays to create colorful designs on her pottery. This large bowl is designed with four medallions and is one of the largest and most complex pieces we have seen of hers. The bowl is fully polished tan. It is painted with two large medallions with a feather pattern. Surrounding the feathers are cloud and rain designs. The opposite sides have large rainbow patterns with a step cloud pattern below. Note the flow and intricacy of the design on the piece! All the colors are from natural clay slips. There are at least FIVE different colors of clay used on this piece, which makes it a true polychrome (meaning more than three colors of clay). In the 1980s, Minnie was among the best known for her intricately painted polychrome pottery. Her work was an exciting variation when she first began this unique style of painting on her vessels. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Minnie”. She is a sister to potters Gloria Garcia (Goldenrod), Lois Guiterrez, and Thelma Talachy and an aunt to Jason Garcia, and Juan de la Cruz.