Antonio, Frederica – Jar with Lightning Design
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 tightly painted with exceptionally small squares! The neck of the jar has rain and clouds. The remainder of the jar has a cloud pattern which is sectioned with a red lightning design. The red clay slip is painted onto the jar and then Frederica has to paint over it a second time to re-create the square with the black on top of the red clay slip. 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.