Antonio, Frederica – Five Color Star Design Jar
Frederica Antonio is renowned 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 which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. This jar is very intricate in designs. The jar is painted with four interlocking star patterns. They are each surrounded by two different colors of clay slip. The designs in the stars are different on each side. Extending down from the rim are series of cloud designs and they are highlighted with a brown clay slip on the edge of the pattern. Extending up from the base are mountain designs. Note at the rim and base how incredibly tight she has painted the designs! The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which 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. A. Antonio”.