Pueblo: San Ildefonzo Pueblo

Josephine and Albert VigilAlbert and Josephine Vigil are a husband and wife pottery team. Albert Vigil was born in 1927 and is the nephew of Maria Martinez and Clara Montoya. He is the son of painter Romando Vigil, one of the members of the San Ildefonso School of watercolor artists.

Josephine Cordova Vigil was also born in 1927. 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.

Josephine and Albert VigilJosephine and Albert Vigil have been making pottery together since 1945. Josephine makes the pots and Albert decorates them. They are known for their finely made cream and redware pottery.

Collections include: Thomas Gilcrease Institute for American History, Tulsa, OK; Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ; Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM. They sign their work “Albert & Josephine San Ildefonso Pue.”