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This is a striking wide-shoulder seed bowl by Debbie Clashin. She is a cousin of noted potter Mark Tahbo and a descendant of Grace Chapella. Debbie has quickly become well known for her large-sized traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery. The jar has a rounded shoulder and a nearly flat top. What you can’t see is how well it is constructed with thin walls! The shape is difficult to create in order to have such a flat top and not have it cave in while drying or firing! The top has a variety of checkerboard and hatchure lines creating “constellations” of designs. They are complex patterns that seem to flow from bird wings to rain and clouds. The side of the bowl has the Hopi mesas, with the designs floating in the “sky” above. The bowl is painted with bee-weed and two colors of red clay. The bowl was traditionally fired with exceptional fire clouds across the surface. It is signed on the bottom “Debbie Clashin” and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.