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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.

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Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Heartline Bears

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This tall jar is a classic shape with a round body and a slightly turned out neck.  The rim of the jar is fully polished.  Around the side of the jar it is fully carved.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  This jar has two heartline bears carved into the clay. The heartline represents the strength of the animal.  As the jar clouds and water designs.  The carving is deep and the polishing is nearly glassy. The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces is perfection!  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.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 575.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Hummingbirds and Flowers

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar has a taller shape with a turned out rim, which is fully polished. The entire side of the jar is very deeply carved with hummingbird and flower motifs. The hummingbirds are very highly polished and Harrison has used matte areas to accentuate the complex designs.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  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.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,100.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Three Handle Jar with Turtle & Dragonfly

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is inspired by a canteen shape, but here Harrison has made three handles. They are each highly polished, which is amazing that they didn’t break in polishing or firing!  The design has a turtle on one side and then a dragonfly and stars on the other.  The highly polished surfaces are a striking contrast to the matte areas.  As the design flows around the surface of the jar, Harrison contrasts angular and circular designs.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  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.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,200.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Heartline Bear and Sun

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is a classic shape with a round body and a slightly turned out neck.  The rim of the jar is fully polished.  Around the side of the jar it is fully carved.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  This jar has a heartline bear carved into the clay. The heartline represents the strength of the animal.  As the jar is turned there is a sun and rain pattern along with a wind design.  The carving is deep and the polishing is nearly glassy. The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces is perfection!  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.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 575.00
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