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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 – Old Style Dragonfly Jar

This is a classic jar by Harrison Begay, Jr..  He has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar has old style dragonflies carved into the clay.  They are surrounded by cloud, wind and water designs.  The dragonflies are polished while the other designs are both matte and polished. The variation in surfaces creates a more striking appearance.  Harrison has a distinctive style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. Note as well the polishing on this jar, which has a glassy appearance!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Harrison ’19”.

$ 1,500.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Small Jar with Heartline Bears

This jar by Harrison Begay, Jr.is from 2001.  He has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  The jar is very deeply carved for the size and has three highly polished bears as the design.  Each bear is carved with a heartline and they are each separated by a lightning design in matte.  It is fired a deep black.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 350.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Hummingbird, Flowers and Dragonfly

This is a larger and complex jar by Harrison Begay, Jr..  He has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is a water jar shape with a flat rim and tall sides.  The designs are deeply carved into the clay and combine both polished and matte surfaces.  There is a large hummingbird which is fully polished along with two flowers.  This jar combines both “realistic” and traditional design elements. As the jar is turned there is a water pattern and then two large old style dragonflies.  The dragonflies have the double wings and are surrounded by wind designs.  It is a complex but flowing group of designs.   The polished sections stand out more in contrast to the black matte areas.  The jar also has a flat rim, which is fully polished on the top and side.  The polished rim is a nice complement both to the shape and the intricate designs.  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, “Harrison”.

$ 2,200.00
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