Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Hummingbirds and Flowers
This is an intricately carved 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 are two hummingbirds, each next to a flower. The birds and the flower are striking in their appearance of movement. This jar combines both “realistic” and traditional design elements. The polished sections stand out more in contrast to the matte areas. The jar also has a rounded 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 fired brown in coloration. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Harrison”.