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Daniel T. Begay

  Daniel Begay learned to make pottery from his father Harrison T. Begay JR, and his mother, Marie. Daniel grew up in Santa Clara Pueblo and is Diné - inspiring him to combine the two cultures and traditions in his pottery.  Each piece is coil built,  deep carved, stone polished and traditionally fired. Daniel has a Master of Business Administration and works as a Program Manager at The University of New Mexico. He is married to Melodie and has two daughters, Violet and Ayani. He signs his work "Daniel" and adds the year the pot was made.

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Begay, Daniel – Jar with Turtle and Star Designs

This tall jar by Daniel Begay combines both polished and carved designs.  The jar has four sections of design.  One has a turtle with a water and feather pattern. The design is deeply cut into the clay and it is matte.  The opposite side has a feather pattern on the top, then a star and cloud design with a water design near the base.  Again, the carved section is matte.  Separating the two sections are two large panels which are fully polished.  The contrast of the polished and matte sections works well on this jar to highlight the two different techniques.  The matte is always difficult as it has to be sanded smooth or else there will be shadows created by any uneven surface.  The jar is fired a deep black in coloration.   Note how Daniel’s designs also combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,000.00
Begay, Daniel – Storage Jar with Avanyu and Stars

This is an exceptional carved storage jar by Daniel Begay. He has been creating some unique shapes with flat or square sides. This piece is very round in shape with a short neck.  It is fully carved around the side, which is a lot of carving space!  The jar has a water serpent in one section.  Note the complexity to the body  and the unique set up of the design.  As the jar is turned there are polished and matte sections of cloud and lightning motifs.  The side opposite the avanyu has deeply carved stars which are both polished and matte.  Note near the base the little carved dragonfly!  There are additional bands of carved clouds and an eternity design.  The top and lower section are fully polished.  It is a striking piece in form and design.  Throughout his work, Daniel creates a strong visual contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs also combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,800.00
Begay, Daniel – Square Bowl with Yei Figures and Lid

This is the first lidded piece we have had by Daniel Begay. He has been creating some unique shapes with flat or square sides. This piece is carved around the body of the bowl with feathers and clouds, Yei figures, water, and star designs.  Daniel is both Navajo and Santa Claran and so his full heritage comes into play with his pottery.  The Yei figures are inspired by Navajo textiles and sandpaintings. The eagle feathers and clouds from Santa Clara.  The bowl is very deeply carved and contrasts the polished and matte areas as the piece is turned.  The lid is made to fit in just one manner with a notch on the bowl and lid to signify the correct fit.  The lid is matte with a square finial which is fully polished.  Throughout his work, Daniel creates a strong visual contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs also combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,200.00
Begay, Daniel – Square Jar with Bears and Stars

This jar by Daniel Begay is a striking shape.  He learned to make pottery from his father, Harrison Begay, Jr.  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  Daniel has created a distinctive style of carving, similar to that of his father, yet with more angular and graphic designs. This jar has somewhat square sides with two sides being carved and two fully polished.  One side has a polished bear near the base and polished stars.  There are matte water and cloud designs.  The opposite side has a polished bear near the neck and carved cloud and wind patterns which are matte.  Of course, it is the rim of the which adds to the complexity of the piece.  The rim is square and fully polished on the top and side.  The flat and polished surface creates a striking contrast to the carving and complement to the polished sides.  Overall, there is a strong contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,300.00
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