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 into Acoma Pueblo in 1968. She was inspired to continue the longstanding 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 her pottery. Mildred taught her all the fundamentals of pottery-making, and Frederica began making pottery at the age of 18.

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 pottery, and uses different colors to give a unique three-dimensional effect.

Frederica creates a variety of sizes and styles, and every one of her pots is a one-of-a-kind work of art with no two pieces alike.

She 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 café 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 >>