Antonio, Frederica – Four Color Infinity Rim Bowl
Frederica Antonio calls this shape of a bowl with the inturned rim, and “Infinity Rim”. The bowl is coil built and she turns the rim down into the bowl. The result is a striking appearance with the feel of the designs flowing into the piece. She uses a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. The design on this bowl is a cloud pattern in the black-and-white designs. There are lightning designs painted in a stair-step manner in two different clay colors. Finally, there is a rain pattern which swirls the opposite direction in another clay color! Interestingly, after she has painted on the various colors of clay, she has to paint back over them so the black checkerboard pattern is on top! It is a very time-consuming and precision oriented process. 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 create a piece which is visually stunning! The jar is signed on the bottom.