Antonio, Frederica – Jar with Swirling Clouds, Corn and Rainbow Bands
6.5"w x 6.25"h
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 striking shape with the sharp shoulder. The designs painted on the surface swirl down from the neck to the rim. There are four sections with a classic square shaped corn design, a symbol of prosperity. Separating them are bands of square clouds and two rainbow bands painted with two clay colors. The clay is painted over the surface of the black bee-weed lines. The result on this jar is a striking piece which emphasizes the shape as it is turned. 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.