Antonio, Frederica – Five Color “Mesa and Cloud” Jar
This jar is a colorful jar Frederica Antonio. 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 shape with an elongated neck. The neck is painted with three different colors of clay along with black (bee-weed) and white. The design on the neck is interlocking clouds and mountains. This style of her painting is among the most time-consuming, as she has to paint the square first, then add the colorful clay, then paint over the color again so that a black line separated each square! The body of the jar has large cloud and mesa designs, with the clouds extending downward and the mesas extending upward in a step design. They are painted with three different colors of clay. The designs within the mesas and clouds are rain, corn, lightning, and snow. The jar is creatively diverse in design from top to bottom. The jar is signed on the bottom, “F. V. Antonio”.