Carol Vigil

Carol Vigil
Carol Vigil

Carol Vigil was born into Jemez Pueblo in March of 1960. From an early age she watched her mother, her aunt and her grandmother make pottery. She herself wasn't into it until the day Maria Martinez died. Shortly after that day she put her hands into clay and has worked with clay ever since. She says she feels encouragement and strength flowing into her from the clay. She also took the time and studied the traditional methods more thoroughly with her aunt, Persingula Gachupin, and her grandmother, Julia Baca.

Carol has been making pottery since the early 1980's. Over the years she's participated in the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Art Fair in Phoenix and the Colorado Indian Market in Denver. Her pottery has earned one Best in Division ribbon and two Best in Category ribbons in Santa Fe. Some of her pieces are on display at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

Carol's favorite shape to work with seems to be the polished red vase with an organic opening. She seems to enjoy decorating those with sgraffito geometric, feather, snowflake and daisy designs.

Sgraffito geometric designs on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with sgraffito geometric designs
3 1/2 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with sgraffito geometric design
4 1/2 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with sgraffito geometric design
5 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar with an oval opening
Red jar with oval opening and sgraffito geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar with an organic opening
Red jar with an organic opening and sgraffito geometric design
4 3/4 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar with an organic opening
Red jar with organic opening and sgraffito geometric design
10 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a polished red jar with an organic opening
Red jar with organic opening and sgraffito geometric design
4 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito butterfly medallions and geometric design on a polished red jar
Red jar with organic opening and sgraffito butterfly medallions and geometric design
8 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar
Red jar with sgraffito geometric design
3 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito butterfly and geometric design on a red jar with an organic opening
Red jar with organic opening and sgraffito butterfly and geometric design
4 in H by 4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar with an organic opening
Red jar with organic opening and sgraffito geometric design
4 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito tulip and geometric design on a red jar
Red jar with sgraffito tulip and geometric design
5 in H by 4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a polished red wedding vase
Polished red wedding vase with a sgraffito geometric design
6 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Snowflake and geometric design on a polished red jar with an organic opening
An organic opening on a polished red jar decorated with snowflake and geometric designs
4 1/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar
Red jar with sgraffito geometric designs
7 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito feather and geometric design on a polished red jar with an organic opening
An organic opening on a polished red jar decorated with sgraffito feather and geometric design
7 in H by 5 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red wedding vase
Red wedding vase with a sgraffito geometric design
10 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar
Polished red jar decorated with a sgraffito geometric design
6 3/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito snowflake and geometric design on a polished red jar with an organic opening
An organic opening on a polished red jar decorated with sgraffito snowflake and geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a red jar with an organic opening
Red jar with a sgraffito geometric design and a kiva step cut opening
6 3/4 in H by 5 in Dia
Sgraffito snowflake, kiva step and geometric design on a red jar
Polished red jar decorated with a sgraffito kiva step, snowflake and geometric design
10 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito snowflake, medallion and geometric design on a red bowl
Polished red bowl decorated with a sgraffito snowflake, medallion and geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito snowflake and geometric design on a red wedding vase
Polished red wedding decorated with a sgraffito snowflake and geometric design
7 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito snowflake and geometric design on a red jar with an organic opening
Polished red jar with an organic opening decorated with a sgraffito snowflake and geometric design
5 in H by 4 in Dia
Photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery