Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Butterflies and Bird Tails
This is a large 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 jar has a wide, high shoulder and an elongated neck. The piece is painted with interlocking butterflies and bird tails. The butterflies are patined with a deep red clay and accented by another lighter orange-red clay. The bird tails are detailed in deigns. The butterfly antennae interlock around the neck. The jar is complex in design but Debbie still leaves a lot of open space for her designs so that the Hopi clay shows through! 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”.