Antonio, Frederica – Five Color Water Jar with Swirling Rainbows
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 that are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. This jar has a classic water jar shape with a low shoulder and a turned-out rim. The jar has two sections of “rainbow ribbons” extending from the rim to near the base. They are five different colors (brown, red, white, black, tan). Separating them are larger lightning patterns. Note how small the squares are on this jar! The inside rim is also slipped red. 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”.