Begay, Daniel – Jar with Carved Avanyu
This tall jar by Daniel Begay combines both polished and carved designs. The jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. There is a cloud pattern in matte around the shoulder. Below is a water serpent which is deeply carved into the clay. Note the contrasting polished and matte sections. At the base is a feather design. 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.