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Olla (jar)

Vigil, Lonnie
Nambé Pueblo; American (1949- )
Place made: 
North America; United States; New Mexico
Olla (jar), ca. 2002
Micaceous earthenware
Overall: 11 5/8 in x 13 in; 29.5 cm x 33 cm
Gift of Juli Shea Towell (Class of 1955) and Gil Towell
MH 2016.12.3

Lonnie Vigil is from Nambé Pueblo, about 15 miles north of Santa Fe. In 2011, Vigil said of his artistic process: “It’s a collaboration between myself and the clay. It’s not as if I start out with an intent to create a particular shape, form, or piece…[and] the clay also brings out her own desires and wishes and the two of us together make whatever the shape turns out to be. We refer to the clay [as] “mother” which is the spirit of the clay because all things are living, including the clay...I feel I was chosen by her through the spirit of my great-grandmother to do this work.”

-Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Sept. 2016)