Clashin, Debbie – Storage Jar with Awatovi Birds & Koshari Clowns
This is an extraordinary large storage jar by Debbie Clashin. She has become one of the exciting leaders in Hopi-Tewa pottery over the past several years. She is known for her large-sized traditional fired vessels. This large jar has a wide shoulder but is also taller in height. The entire piece is stone polished and then it is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. The top half of the jar is painted with two large birds, bird tails and panels with sun and mesa designs. The bottom half has four Koshari clowns as the design. They are stylized but you it is easy to the see the classic figure in the center. The design is one which she has modified from the work of her cousin, Mark Tahbo. Separating the clowns are small dragonflies. It is exciting to see a Hopi-Tewa potter bringing back this classic shape which few potters make today! The jar is traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar and a few little darker areas. It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.