Antonio, Frederica – “Interlocking Shards” Water Jar
This is a classic water jar by Frederica Antonio. She is known for her intricately painted pottery. Each piece is coil built and then delicately painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines that are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. This jar has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck. It is fully painted in large sections of “pottery shard” patterns that extend from the rim to the base. There are eight sections, each with a different design. They are outlined so that they form geometric shapes. It is a striking use of color and intricate design. 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”.