Antonio, Frederica – “Stars and Mesas” Large Jar
This is a very complex large 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 is a classic Acoma shape with a high round shoulder and a short neck. The design is a series of interlocking patterns. There are clouds (at the neck), stars in the center and mesas as the bottom. When looking up from the base of the jar, the star patterns seems immense and flowing above the landscape. The various sections are painted with intricate designs, which vary as the jar is turned. Each section is separated by two bands of color derived from natural clays. They help define and accentuate the imagery. 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.