Clashin, Debbie – Large Jar with Dragonflies and Cloud Spirals
This is a large jar by Debbie Clashin. It is inspired by the classic Sikyatki style pottery with a wide shoulder and a slight neck. Around the jar are dragonfly designs. Dragonflies are symbolic prayer messengers. Note the extension downward of the cloud designs in two sections. They rise up to the painted band around the neck which has more cloud and rain motifs. The jar is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. It was traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar. Debbie 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. It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.