Antonio, Frederica – Four Color Jar with Rug & Snow Designs
This is a colorful and striking jar by Frederica Antonio. She has won numerous awards for renown for her intricately painted pottery. The shape of this jar with the low shoulder and tall sides shows off the complex designs. On two sides it is painted with a four-color rug pattern. Each of the various clay colors are painted onto the piece and then the black bee-weed is painted over the edges a second time to create a stronger visual delineation. There is definitely a lot of time and patience in painting this jar. Separating the two colorful sections are two sections with snow designs. To create these patterns she paints the vertical lines first, then the horizonatal and then fills in the squares to create 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 create a piece which is visually stunning! The jar is signed on the bottom.