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Clashin, Debbie – 18″ “New Beginning” Jar with Grandmother Katsina and Dragonflies

Clashin, Debbie – 18″ “New Beginning” Jar with Grandmother Katsina and Dragonflies

18"w x 9.5"h
$ 6,500.00
Availability: Out of stock

Debbie Clashin has become one of the exciting leaders in Hopi-Tewa pottery over the past several years.  She is known for her large-sized traditional fired vessels. This very large jar is entitled, “New Beginning”.  Debbie said that the designs symbolize the arrival of the Grandmother Katsina in the winter and the beginning of the Hopi new year in the cycle of the katsinas.  She has painted the Grandmother Katsina as a cradle doll on the sides of the jar.

“The Grandmother Katsina (Hahay-i wu-uti) shares with Crow Mother the title of Mother of all the Katsinam. Her husband is said to be Eototo and her children are the monsters, the Nataskas. She appears during the Bean Dance (Powamuya), the Serpent Ceremony and at Home Going (Niman). She speaks in a high voice and is very talkative. Flat carvings of the Grandmother Katsina are given to Hopi infants. As a young girl matures, she receives larger, more detailed forms of the Grandmother Katsina.”

This large jar is a wide shape and a slightly turned out neck.  The entire piece is stone polished and then it is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips.  Separating the three katsina figures are large Hopi dragonflies which have dark and light red wings!  The jar is traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar and a few little darker areas.   It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.  Quite an exceptional jar!


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Artist

Artist

Clashin, Debbie, (b. 1969)

Debbie Clashin

Debbie Clashin

Debbie Clashin

Debbie Clashin, a member of the Hopi-Tewa Tobacco Clan was born to Lorena and Morris Clashin.  Among her cousins are Dianna and Mark Tahbo, Dorothy Ami, and Larson Goldtooth.  Debbie was exposed to pottery making for much of her life but only began to really learn the art herself around 2010 from Dianna Tahbo as her primary teacher. Debbie Clashin has shown her work in a juried competition at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff earning a 1st place ribbon, she felt was a tribute to her teacher Diana Tahbo, with further instruction from Mark Tahbo.  Debra also entered a piece in the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market juried show in 2015 earning a 1st place ribbon for piki utilitarian pottery bowl. Debbie enjoys making larger jars with small openings, and flat shaped seed pots. Her favorite designs are stylized interpretations of ancient Hopi symbols, bird elements, and blessing designs.
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