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This is a creative water 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 has a round shoulder and a turned-out rim. The entire surface is fully polished and then painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay slips. The jar has two large birds painted walking in the desert. This style of bird was originated by Mark Tahbo on his pottery. Look at the head of the bird and it looks like it can be facing backwards or forwards! As with much of Mark’s work, there was his own story and humor and it’s great to see it find voice in Debbie’s pottery. Separating the birds are large bird tails. They are detailed and fluid. The jar 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”.