Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Birds and Stars
This is an intricately painted jar 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 water jar has a wide shoulder and a short neck. The entire piece is fully polished and then painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay slip. The jar has intricately designed bird tails that extend down from the neck. They are each separated by stars. Note the use of the checkerboard patterns at the top fo the bird tails. The deep burgundy clay adds a strong visual intensity to the complex designs. The jar was traditionally fired so there are blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.