Antonio, Frederica – Tall Lightning Design Jar
WOW! This is a spectacular jar by Frederica Antonio. She is renowned 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 that are then filled in to create larger images in the squares. This tall jar is an elegant shape with a high shoulder and a slightly turned out rim. The jar is fully painted and with very intricate designs and lines! There are lightning designs extending from the rim to the base. They are painted with two different clay colors. They separate each section of the design. There are lighting, star, flower, and wind patterns. Each section is painted with hundreds of small squares! The inside of the neck is painted with a “sunrise” of two different colors of clay. Everything is in perfect balance on this piece from shape to design to color. 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. Antonio”.