Clashin, Debbie – “Hopi Mesas at Night” Jar
This is a variation on a classic design 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 wide shoulder and a short neck. The design has three geometric shapes that represent the three Hopi mesas and next to the stars. This is a design that was often used by Grace Chapella along with her famous moth pattern. The jar is highly detailed and traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. The deep burgundy clay adds a strong visual intensity to the complex designs. The black is from bee-weed (a plant). It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.