Antonio, Frederica – Four Color Star Design Jar
Frederica Antonio is renown 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 jar is very intricate in designs. The jar is painted with four interlocking star patterns. They are each surrounded by two different colors of clay slip. The design inside each star is different! The step design near the neck is a cloud pattern while near the base are mountains. These are outlined with a taupe colored clay. 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.