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 is the second time she had made a lid for one of these pieces. The bowl has the inturned lip and the space for the lid to sit on! The bowl has two sections of design. The bottom half of the bowl has interlocking “autumn leaves”. The painting process on this piece is one that she rarely likes to do as it is so time-consuming. Each square on the neck of the jar is outlined with bee-weed, then filled in with a clay slip and THEN it is painted over again so that the lines are differentiated between each color. It is much more time-consuming but it is also much more visually dynamic. Note how the leaves swirl and draw the eye in various directions. Above the leaves design is her “sunset clouds” pattern. She has used three different colors of clay to paint the design, along with the black (bee-weed). It is a fluid design that interconnect across the surface. The lid also has the five color autumn leaves design painted on the edge. 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”.
Frederica Antonio is renowned for her intricately painted pottery. She is the daughter of Earl and Florina Vallo. She is married to Randy Antonio and is a cousin of Melissa Antonio and a daughter-in-law of Mildred Antonio. Each piece is coil built and then finely painted using a yucca brush. The lines are first painted horizontally, then vertically, and then she fills in the squares to create the designs. Frederica has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Indian Market, and other events for her distinctive pottery. You can also find her pieces in museums nationwide.