Clashin, Debbie – Open Bowl with Bird and Eagle Tail Designs
This is a tightly painted open bowl 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 piece is painted with bee-weed (black) and clay slips. The entire surface is fully polished. The interior is painted with mountain designs around the rim. In the center, one half has bird and bird tail designs. Much like Nampeyo of Hano, Debbie has deconstructed the imagery so that it flows around the half-circle. The other section has a bird tail design and it is surrounded by two hummingbird moths. The piece is very intricately painted with lots of thin lines. There is a lot of color from the use of the two different clay slips. The bowl was traditionally fired with exceptional fire clouds across the surface. It is signed on the bottom “Debbie Clashin” and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.