(Born 1931) Maria D. Vigil, an artist with Santa Clara and Pojoaque lineage active making pottery since 1955, comes from a family of potters. “Minnie” has been winning awards at Indian Market in Santa Fe as early as 1975.
Her favorite designs are rain clouds, rainbows, sky bands, clouds and bear paws. Her polished red globular forms are often decorated with these multi-colored painted designs.
Her work is illustrated in nearly every book describing Santa Clara potters. In 1985 her pottery was exhibited in New York City at the Sid Deusch Gallery along with pottery by Margaret Tafoya.
Minnie Vigil is one of a family of talented potters. Her sisters, Lois Gutierrez de la Cruz, Thelma Talache, and Gloria (Goldenrod) Garcia, are potters of distinction. Minnie has won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market for years in recognition of her fine workmanship. She specializes in Polychrome wares. Some of her pottery is slipped in red clay and stone polished and some is slipped in matte tan clay and not polished.
Minnie Vigil has produced exceptional pottery for a long time. She is recognized as one of the finest potters at Santa Clara Pueblo who is producing Polychrome wares. She typically signs her pieces as Minnie Santa Clara.