Antonio, Frederica – Five Color Infinity Rim Jar with Lightning and Designs
Frederica Antonio calls this shape of a bowl with the inturned rim, an “Infinity Rim”. This jar is coil built and as she is building it she turns the rim down into the bowl. The result is a striking appearance with the feel of the designs flowing into the piece. She uses a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. This piece has three different colors of clay, along with the black (bee-weed), to create the lightning design. Separating the lighting are sections with corn, rain, water, and wind designs. It is very tightly painted for the size! Interestingly, Frederica said that she has to use a different yucca brush for the inturned part of the rim because of the angle of the painting! 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. V. Antonio”.