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Navajo - Carved Blackware Vase by Harrison Begay, Jr. (Navajo)

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Price: $1,100.00
Item Number: ATP0528

 In this deeply incised and highly polished round bowl, Harrison Begay utilizes the black on black dichotomy of shiny and matte finishes to enhance his strong repeated geometric designs and kiva steps.

Harrison Begay, Jr. was born in 1961 in the small Navajo town of Jeddito near Keams Canyon, Arizona. In college he trained as a painter but after marrying a Santa Clara woman and moving to Santa Clara Pueblo, he was taught how to make pottery by his mother-in-law.  His pottery is Santa Clara style in clay, construction and firing techniques, but he incorporates symbolism and designs from different American Indian cultures, including his own Navajo culture.   He credits his knowledge to numerous potters of Santa Clara who have shared help and advice in creating highly polished pottery.

He is recognized as an exceptional and innovative potter and has won numerous awards for his work. At first glance his pottery designs appear very modern or even deco and 
abstract; yet upon closer look, you will begin to see e.g., a yeii figure, corn stalk or medicine bear appear. His deep carved designs with contrasting high polish/matt finish have become recognizable as his signature style pottery.                            
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Height: 5 ½”; Diameter: 4 ½”