There is very little that is more beautiful than golden clay with micaceous flakes shimmering against the light, especially when it is in a piece of pueblo pottery that has dark black fire clouds scattered about. If the piece of pottery was made by master potter Lonnie Vigil, then you know you have acquired the best there is.
This striking jar is thin walled and has a nearly classic shape with the wide shoulder and an asymmetrical neck. The surface is slipped with micaceous clay (in addition to it being made from micaceous clay) and then traditionally fired. It is not just the form, but the surface which is so stunning on this beautiful piece. The natural mica infused slip was fired to a deep golden orange, with the surface kissed by fire clouds, a product of the natural firing process. The fire clouds are varied in coloration on the surface, seeming to hit at just the right spots to accent the shape of this exquisite jar.
There really is no need to talk about Lonnie Vigil’s work – he is the recognized master and innovator of micaceous pottery. His work speaks for itself. Vigil, whose pots have won the top awards at several Santa Fe Indian Markets, sees himself as “a guardian of the clay” and says, “I feel responsible for making sure that the Clay Mother stays alive in my village.”
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Purchased from the artist during Santa Fe Market.