Frederica Antonio


  • Award-winning Potter
  • Acoma Pueblo
  • Traditional and Contemporary Acoma Pottery. Known for intricate eye dazzling designs.
  • Santa Fe Indian Market
  • New Mexico State Fair 1st Place
  • Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup

Frederica Antonio was born in 1968 into the Acoma Pueblo. Frederica was inspired to continue the long lived family tradition of making pottery by her mother-in-law, Mildred Antonio. Frederica developed an interest in pottery making while observing Mildred hand-coil and paint on her pottery. Mildred taught Frederica all the fundamentals of pottery making. Frederica began making pottery at the age of 17. Frederica specializes in contemporary hand coiled pottery with hand painted intricate eye dazzling designs. She fashions a brush from the stems of a yucca plant to paint her eye dazzling designs. She also paints using different colors of paint so the pottery gives you a unique three dimensional effect. She hand coils a variety of sizes and styles, every one of her pots is a one of a kind work of art; there are no two pieces alike.

Frederica was one of five Pueblo potters who honored the Starbucks at Avanyu Plaza upon its grand opening in 2015 by crafting a custom “Starbucks-style” clay mug. The one-of-a-kind piece is on permanent display in the cafe for visitors to enjoy, alongside four others by artists Robin Teller (Isleta), Erik Fender (San Ildefonso), Patricia Lowden (Acoma), and Elizabeth Medina (Zia).

Read the interview with Frederica and learn about her unbelievably intricate designs, technique, and more... HERE >>