Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Mesas and Prayer Feathers

8"w x 5"h

$ 875.00

This is a detailed jar 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 round shoulder and sloping sides.  The short neck is slipped a deep red.  The jar is painted with bee-weed (black) and clay slips.  The designs are inspired by Hopi-Tewa ceremonies.  One section has the prayer feathers above rain and cloud designs. The separating sections have a design she says is the kivas on the mesas looking out over the fields (the diamond shapes) with the water coming up through the ground.  There are lots of thin lines and tightly painted designs on this jar!  Below the shoulder are the “sunrise mesas” with the sun coming up and the surrounding clouds and the use of two different colors of clay.  The jar was traditionally fired with exceptional fire clouds across the surface.   It is signed on the bottom “Debbie Clashin” and a pipe for her “Tobacco Clan”.  There is certainly a wonderful depth of coloration on this jar, matched by its complex painted designs.