Antonio, Frederica – “Fall Leaves, Summer Breeze” Five Color Large Jar
This is a very complex large jar by Frederica Antonio. She is famous for her intricately painted pottery. Each piece is coil built and then finely painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines that are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. This jar is a distinctive shape with a high shoulder and short neck. It creates a lot of space for design! Around the neck is a series of fully painted designs representing the fall leaves. They are painted with three different colors of clay slip and then outlined with the black bee-weed. Around the shoulder of the jar are two large polychrome sections in triangular shapes, which are the ‘summer breeze”. Separating them are black-and-white water and wind patterns. The overall complexity of the jar is quite amazing. When Frederica paints on clay colors, she then has to go over them another time with the black, which gives them a more refined appearance. The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars that were carried on the head. This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design creates a piece that is visually stunning! The jar is signed on the bottom, “F. Antonio”.