Rosalie and Joe Aguilar

Rosalie Simbola Aguilar was born into Picuris Pueblo on the first of November, 1898. She married Joe Aguilar on February 27, 1922 and moved to his home at San Ildefonso. Joe was an excellent painter and son of Ignacio Aguilar and Susana Martinez Aguilar. While he could make pots himself, he mostly painted pots for his mother and his wife.

Rosalie and Joe were neighbors of Rose Gonzales and they learned the fundamentals of traditional pottery making from her. Rose might have carved the first pot at San Ildefonso but Rosalie was right behind her. Rosalie's pottery production was prolific with deep-carved blackware in the form of bowls and jars being her favorite. Joe would also carve pots for her, and sand the edges of the carved areas to create a "cameo" effect.

Rosalie died in 1947, Joe in 1965.

Geometric design on a black on black plate
Black on black plate with geometric design
1 in H by 9 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design on a black on black bird bowl
Black on black bird bowl decorated with geometric design
2 1/4 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery