Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Birds and Bird Tails
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 jar is a classic shape with a wide shape and short neck. The design has two birds circling the jar. Separating them are two bird tails. The bodies of the birds are painted with a burgundy red clay slip and a polished red. The black is bee-weed, a plant. The lines of the jar are finely painted and there is a striking contrast to the matte and polished surfaces. The jar is traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the piece. It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.