Vigil, Minnie – Polychrome Water Jar with Feather and Cloud 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 jar is painted in her iconic style. The body is matte white and there are five different colors of clay used to create the design. The jar is designed with four medallions and cloud designs around the sides. Two medallions have a feather pattern with a rain cloud design in the center. The opposite medallions have cloud designs with extending sun rays. The neck of the jar has a cloud pattern, and the rim has two different types of cloud designs. The jar was traditionally fired and it is in excellent 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. Her mother was Petra Gutierrez and her grandmother was Pasqualita Gutierrez.