Antonio, Frederica – “Red Mesa” Infinity Rim Bowl

7"w x 4.5"h

$ 3,300.00

Frederica Antonio calls this shape of a bowl with the inturned rim, an “Infinity Rim”.  This bowl 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 piece has two different colors of clay, along with the black (bee-weed).  The design is meant to look like the red mesas of New Mexico.  They extend from the rim to near the base.  Separating the colorful bands are rain, lighting, snow, and cloud designs.  They are complex patterns accentuated by the colorful mesas bands.  Interestingly, Frederica said that she has to use a different yucca brush for the inturned part of the rim because of the angle of the painting!  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. V.  Antonio”.