Begay, Daniel – Long Neck Jar with Carved Avanyu
This long neck jar by Daniel Begay combines both polished and carved designs. The jar has a round body and an elongated neck. The neck is carved with a feather designs. They are both polished and matte. The body of the jar has a carved avanyu as the design. Note the complexity of the pattern as the jar is turned. 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. 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.