Antonio, Frederica – Infinity Rim Jar with Shooting Stars
Frederica Antonio calls this shape of a bowl with the inturned rim, and “Infinity Rim”. This jar is coil built and as she is building it 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. This jar is distinctive with the use of four different colors. The black-and-white sections have rain, lightning, snow, and thunder designs. They are separated by vertical bands with “shooting stars”. The stars are in the center of the clay slipped lines. The idea is that they are shooting stars streaking across the night sky. The brow clay slip is a striking one and one that Frederica rarely uses in her pottery. 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. Antonio”.