Melissa Johnson and Jerome Begay

Melissa Johnson and Jerome Begay are Navajo potters who usually collaborate on their projects. Jerome is from Monticello, Utah and is a member of the Reed People Clan. Born in 1972 he essentially taught himself to make pottery and appeared in the marketplace in the early 1990's. Melissa is from the Kayenta area, a member of the Tobacco People Clan. She's been making pottery since the late 1990's.

Fire clouds on a Navajo melon jar
Navajo melon jar with fire clouds
5 3/4 in H by 5 in Dia
Fire clouds on a large Navajo melon seedpot
Large Navajo melon seedpot with fire clouds
6 3/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Fire clouds and pine pitch coating on a swirl carved jar
Swirl carved jar with fire clouds and pine pitch coating
9 in H by 8 in Dia
A long neck and vertical ribs on a brown jar
A brown jar with a long neck and vertical ribs
7 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Fire clouds decorate a tall brown melon jar
Tall brown melon jar decorated with fire clouds
6 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Carved ridge and fire clouds on a brown jar
Brown jar with a carved ridge and fire clouds
7 1/2 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Red melon jar carved with a swirl melon design, plus fire clouds
Red melon jar with fire clouds carved with a swirl melon design
6 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Twisted handle, fire clouds and pine pitch coating on a brown wedding vase
Brown wedding vase with a twisted handle, fire clouds and pine pitch coating
7 1/2 in H by 5 in Dia
Fire clouds on a carved red melon jar
Carved red melon jar with fire clouds
4 1/2 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Carved swirl lines and fire clouds on a red jar
Red Navajo jar with carved swirl lines and fire clouds
7 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Swirl-carved brown melon jar with fire clouds
Fire clouds on a swirl-carved melon jar
4 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Fire clouds on a carved red melon jar
Carved red melon jar with fire clouds and coated in pine pitch
4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Fire clouds on a brown jar carved into a melon shape
Brown jar with fire clouds carved into a melon shape
4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Fire clouds on a spiral-carved brown melon jar
Brown spiral-carved melon jar with fire clouds
4 1/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery