She is renowned for her award-winning pottery skills, especially her exceptional painting, and eagerly collected by knowledgable pottery-lovers. The combination of thin walls and complex, painted designs makes her work visually stunning. Hand coiled of hand gathered clay, this jar is an intricate study in squares, brilliantly composed for dramatic effect.
Frederica’s signature variation of the traditional Acoma fine-line pattern is the tiny squares that cover the body of the piece in various configurations. The effect on this little gem is similar to film strips, or computer tests. The white areas are the famous, pure white Acoma base clay, showing through the black, painted areas. The black is derived from brewing wild spinach leaves, to form a natural pigment.
The neck of this shapely piece is decorated in larger squares, each one divided by color into two triangles.Each of these squares has comet-like lines, further dividing them diagonally. These resemble lightning, flashing across stormy skies. Rain is a blessing, and good luck, in the desert. The marvelously subtle palette of muted greys, russet and coral, as well as black and white, are all natural: red clay slip mixed with water to control the saturation of color; wild spinach paint, also diluted or not, for the greys and black. A band of red clay slip is painted around the interior of the neck, as is traditional.
Just like the artist’s large ollas, this diminutive one is formed with an elegant shape, a dramatic design, and is flawless in every regard. A real treat for you who love her remarkable pottery, but have non-champagne budgets.