Begay, Daniel – Jar with Swirling Yei Designs
This tall jar by Daniel Begay combines both polished and carved designs. The jar has a round shape with a short neck. There are three carved sections and three polished sections swirling down from the neck. The carved sections each have a Yei figure as the design. There are a combination of both polished and matte designs. They are a perfect contrast to the polished bands which separate the carving. 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.