Jim, Harrison – Jar with Mudhead Carved in Relief (1985)
Harrison Jim learned to make pottery from his mother-in-law Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie. He often collaborated with Marianne Navasie on his pottery. This jar is a collaborative piece made by Marianne Navasie (1951-2007) and then carved and designed by Harrison. The piece has a mudhead katina (one of the clowns) in front of a kiva with the kiva ladder behind him. The figure is very detailed and carved in relief. The remainder of the jar is painted with Hopi-Tewa birds. The jar is signed on the bottom with a frog hallmark and “H. Jim”. The piece won a third place ribbon at the 1985 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials. The ribbon is made out in the names of both Marianne and Harrison. It is signed by Clara Lee Tanner. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.