(Born 1977) and Jerome Begay (Born 1972) These two Navajo potters are largely self taught.
Their goal is to make contemporary Navajo pottery using traditional tools used for generations of Navajo potters. For example the tools used are simple: corn cobs are used to comb out the bumps in the pots. riverbed rocks smooth and polish the surfaces. Firing the pottery takes place in an open fire pit, which is then followed by a process known as "pitching". Pitching involves melting fresh pine sap, using it to glaze the pottery resulting in a high gloss finish.
Johnson and Begay (husband and wife) are from the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona. They plan to make their mark in the art world by continuing to make pottery with their unique style and designs. Some of their pottery is displayed in galleries (Charles King's King Galleries in Scottsdale) and in museums in the Four Corners area. They look forward to representation on the East coast as well.