Clashin, Debbie – Tall Water Jar with Hummingbirds
This is a tall 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 is a striking shape with tall sides and a short neck with a turned out rim. The entire piece is fully polished and then painted with bee-weed and red clay slip. The hummingbird is on one side with its beak reaching up to the cloud design around the neck. As the jar is turned there is a large section that is the bird tail which extends from the neck to near the base. The jar is complex in design but Debbie still leaves a lot of open space for her designs so that the Hopi clay shows through! The jar was traditionally fired so there are blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.