Antonio, Frederica – Four Color “Four Seasons” Jar with Mesa Designs
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 is a classic jar shape with a high shoulder and short neck. The jar is fully painted with designs. The imagery represents the “four seasons” with corn, rain, snow, and lightning. Each section is delineated with step designs representing the mesas. There are three different colors of clay used to create the mesa 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”.