Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Dragonfly and Cloud Designs
This is a wide shoulder 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 shoulder and a short neck with an out-turned rim. The jar is painted on the shoulder with bee-weed (black) and clay slips for color. There are four sections of dragonflies. They are separated by terraced cloud patterns. The wings of the dragonflies are slipped with two different colors of red clay. Note as well below the shoulder the small dragonflies painted on the jar! The piece 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”.