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.

Specializing in contemporary hand-coiled pottery with hand-painted intricate eye-dazzling designs, 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 fashions brushes from the leaves of the yucca plant to paint her pottery, and uses different colors to give a unique three-dimensional effect.

Frederica is one of five Pueblo potters who were commissioned by Shumakolowa Native Arts to create traditional Pueblo pottery in the form of a contemporary coffee mug. The one-of-a-kind piece is on permanent display with the other remarkable originals at Shumakolowa, located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

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