Antonio, Frederica – Jar with Eight Designs and Rainbow Bands
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 a classic olla shape with a high shoulder and a long neck. Frederica has used eight different designs on this jar. The patterns are painted vertically and there are square cloud pattern descending from rim to base. Separating them are various patterns of corn, rain, snow, lighting, stars and other designs. There are additional bands of clay slip which create the rainbow colors. The result is a piece which is varied as it is turned. The neck is painted with a classic Acoma triangular mountain designs. The level of complexity and time involved on the painting of this piece is extraordinary! The result, however, is stunning with a dynamic appearance and movement to 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.
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