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Harrison Begay

Harrison Begay Jr.

Harrison Begay

While living at Santa Clara Pueblo, Harrison Begay Jr. learned to make Santa Clara style carved and polished pottery. While many of his earlier pieces utilized Santa Clara imagery, today, his designs are focused on Navajo and petroglyph patterns. Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery. From Jeddito, Keams Canyon, Arizona, Harrison originally trained as a painter, but while married at Santa Clara Pueblo, he was taught the fine art of Santa Clara style pottery making from his mother-in-law.  Harrison began to enter his pieces in various shows winning numerous awards. His works are featured in galleries, museums, and private collections around the world.  His talent for graphic Native petroglyph style designs is reflected in the deep cut patterns and monochromatic shapes.  We are pleased to carry Harison's wonderful pottery in our Santa Fe and Scottsdale Galleries.

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Begay, Jr., Harrison – Brown Jar with Bears

While living at Santa Clara Pueblo, Harrison Begay, Jr. learned to make Santa Clara style carved and polished pottery.  This jar is deeply carved with heartline bears on both sides.  They are connected with cloud swirls above them an plant designs below.  The neck of the jar is also fully polished.  The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  This jar has been fired brown, so there are some striking color variations as the piece is turned.  The interesting part about the brown firings is that they always feel close in color to the traditional Navajo pottery, which is also brown.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 750.00
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