Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Birds and Red Slipped Neck
This water jar by Debbie Clashin is painted with a stylized bird design. 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 sloping shoulder and a slightly turned out rim from the neck. The neck of the jar is slipped with red clay. The birds are painted with bee-weed (black) and highlighted with an orange-colored clay. The heads of the birds gracefully turn in while the tail feathers extend backward. The jar is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. It was traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar. It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.