This remarkable bowl was handmade by Nambe Pueblo artist Lonnie Vigil using traditional methods. Created from micaceous clay, this pot is a utilitarian piece that can be used for storage. The vessel features the distinctive black finish, which comes from a reduction process that occurs when a pot is smothered during firing. Whether used as a functional pot or an elegant addition to your fine art collection, this bowl is a striking example of an ancient art form.
- Bowl handmade by Lonnie Vigil (Nambe Pueblo)
- Natural micaceous clay
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Black Finish
- Bowl measures 6-1/2” high x 8-1/2” long x 8-1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Lonnie Vigil studied business administration at Eastern New Mexico University, then pursued a career as a financial consultant (The Santa Fe New Mexican, 2001). After working in Washington, D.C., for several years, he realized that his life gave him "nothing to feed my soul," and decided to return home to Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico. His great-grandmother and great-aunts were potters and he learned to make pottery in the traditional way, by digging his own clay and firing it in an outdoor pit. He feels responsible for keeping the Nambe Pueblo culture alive and "making sure that the Clay Mother stays alive in my village." (Lonnie Vigil, Indian Arts Research Center, 1998)
Nambe Pueblo was historically known for making elegant pottery and valuable cookware, but today it is extremely difficult to find handcrafted pottery from Nambe. For hundreds of years, the Nambe people made cooking pots from micaceous clay as well as plain blackware for utilitarian purposes, but traditional pottery-making declined in the 20th century. When the Native arts market boomed in the 1970s, a handful of artists began producing micaceous clay and polychrome pottery again, as well as polished blackware influenced by Santa Clara styles. However, pottery production in Nambe Pueblo remains extremely limited.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand. Pueblo potters do not use a wheel but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel. Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters work in all Pueblos. Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists, as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.