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”.