Antonio, Frederica – Five Color “Sunset Clouds” Jar
This is a five-color jar by Frederica Antonio. She 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 that are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. This jar is an unusual shape for Frederica with the wide shoulder and slight neck. The top is painted with a “Sunset Cloud” design. She uses three different clay colors, plus the white and black to achieve the “five colors”. The design extends over the shoulder. The lower half of the jar is painted with a corn pattern, representing prosperity. The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars that were carried on the head. This combination of tightly painted designs on a water jar is visually striking! It is signed on the bottom, “F. V. Antonio”.