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WOW! This is an exceptional tall jar by Daniel Begay. The piece is coil-built, carved, stone-polished, and traditionally fired. The jar is a complicated shape with a high, sharp shoulder, sloping sides, and a lower, rounded shoulder. Daniel said he wanted to challenge himself to create a design that extended over the top shoulder in a more fluid manner. The feather design on the neck is carved to extend outward and downward. The body of the jar has four heartline bears. They are separated by two waterfall designs. The bears and water are polished, and surrounded by matte areas. The other two designs are more classic Pueblo rainclouds. Check out the matte areas on this jar as they are smooth and well-sanded to create a strong contrast to the highly polished surface. The designs, shape, and creativity of this piece make it among his best and reflect why he is a younger potter to be following! 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, “Daniel Begay”. The jar has a blue ribbon from the 2023 Gallup Ceremonials.