A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique cafe-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by contemporary Acoma artist Frederica Antonio. Antonio specializes in fine hand-painted pots and wedding vases with eye-dazzling geometric designs, which she applies with her own homemade brushes crafted from yucca stems. While the original clay piece is already at home in a permanent collection in Albuquerque, this replica is a great gift idea and a meaningful way to bring traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life.
Collect all five designs, available exclusively at Shumakolowa Native Arts!
- Collectible tall cafe style mug
- Original designs by artist Frederica Antonio (Acoma Pueblo)
- Cup measurements: 6"" H x 4-1/2 L x 3-1/4 W
- 18 oz
- Dishwasher safe
- Microwave safe
Frederica Antonio was born in 1968 in Acoma Pueblo. She was inspired to continue the long family pottery tradition by her mother-in-law, Mildred Antonio. Frederica developed an interest in pottery-making while observing Mildred hand-coil and paint her own work. When she began making her own pottery at the age of 18, Mildred taught Frederica the fundamentals. She now specializes in contemporary hand-coiled pottery with intricate hand-painted designs. Every piece is hand-coiled in a distinct form, rendering each one unique. For painting, she fashions her own brushes from the stems of a yucca plant and uses various colors to give designs a unique three-dimensional effect.
Acoma Pueblo has a tradition of pottery that stretches back centuries. Today, it is most known for a matte polychrome style of pottery featuring orange and black designs on a white background or black fine-line designs on a white background. This traditional style is widely sought after by Native art collectors and, in addition to its distinctive color scheme, can be identified by fluted rims, very thin walls and complex geometric designs. Acoma artists are known for the fineness of their pottery painting, often incorporating hatching patterns that symbolize rain as well as rain parrot designs, an animal that in Acoma legend led people to water. Lightning, clouds, rainbow bands and other elements of weather and nature are also popular designs. One of the most iconic and valuable pottery styles, Acoma pots represent a storied history of beauty and craftsmanship.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand. Pueblo potters do not use a wheel but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel. Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos. Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
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