Antonio, Frederica – Five Color Lightning and Rain Water Jar
This is a highly detailed water jar by Frederica Antonio. She is known 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 has a round shoulder and short neck. There are two sides that are painted with four different colors to create the lightning and the rain. These sections are very tightly painted and when she painted on clay colors, she then has to go over them another time with the black, which gives them a more refined appearance. Separating the colorful sections are two areas that are black and white. The one side has clouds and the other wind designs. The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars that were carried on the head. This combination of thin walls, creative shapes, and tightly painted design creates a piece that is unique and quite stunning! The jar is signed on the bottom, “Frederica Antonio”.