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Rainy Naha

Rainy Naha learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen "Featherwoman" Naha, and Rainy is the grand-daughter of Hopi-Tewa pottery matriarch, Paqua Naha, the first "Frogwoman". The traditional designs of her pottery go back to the early works made by Paqua.  Her sister Sylvia and brother Burel Naha are also well-known potters and they use much the same styles and colors as Rainy. Each piece of Rainy's work is made in the traditional hand-coiled method, then shaped, sanded and polished before painting with bee-weed (black) and native clay slips and native fired. Rainy continues to innovate and also create her own voice among Hopi-Tewa potters. She has won numerous awards, including "Best of Pottery" at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2007.  She signs her pottery with the traditional feather hallmark used by her mom and then adds her first name.  We are pleased to carry Rainy in our Gallery both in Scottsdale an Santa Fe.

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Naha, Rainy – Jar with Awatovi Mural Hero Twin Figures

Rainy Naha is well known for her creative and intricately designed pottery.  This jar is a new design for her and it is inspired by the Awatovi murals.   Awatovi was a Hopi village from around 1300 to 1700.  In the 1930’s J. O. Brew of the Peabody Museum conducted extensive archeological excavations at Awatovi.  Most of the murals were actually removed and are now at the Peabody Museum.  The last image is one of the actual murals.  Rainy Naha has depicted two figures on the murals on this jar.  One side has one of the Hero Twins holding a bow and arrow.  The other is one of the Hero Twins holding a bird with dragonflies above the figure.  Both figures are very intricate and complex designed pieces!   They are painted much as depicted in the murals and some of her own stylized designs.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  Separating the two figures are bands of Hopi-Tewa designs.  Each of the squares has a different design from classic Hopi-Tewa pottery.  So why the Awatovi designs? Rainy’s mother, Helen “Feather Woman” Naha, lived on a ranch in the Jeddito Valley, below the Awatovi Ruins and Helen was the first revivalist of their black and white pottery.  Rainy has continued this revival with her innovative designs.  The jar is painted with various clay slips along with bee-weed, which is black.  It was traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.  Rainy has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market and her work continues to be a creative inspiration in Hopi-Tewa pottery.

$ 2,200.00
Naha, Rainy – Jar with Hano Clown

This is a charming new jar by Rainy Naha.  She is well known for her creative and intricately designed pottery.  The jar has a Hano or Koshari Clown as the image on two sides.  The Koshari provides amusement during Kachina ceremonies.  Koshari plays tricks, acts out absurd pantomimes, or cleverly mimics spectators. Like the more serious Kachinas, but in a humorous way, the clown helps maintain community harmony by reminding the people of acceptable standards of behavior within the Hopi community.  Rainy has captured the Koshari facing the viewer on one side, and the back of the Koshari on the other.  Check out the mocassins which almost seem too big on the clown, appearing in a whimsical manner.  Separating the front and back of the clown are two large panels which are painted with Hopi-Tewa designs from cloud to bird wings and rain patterns.  It is in the style of a shawl, which Hopi-Tewa women wear when they are at the dances.  The jar is first polished with white clay and then it is painted with bee-weed (black) and various colors of clay slips.  Some of the colors are polished and others are matte.  The jar is traditionally fired outside.  It is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.  Rainy has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market and her work continues to be a creative inspiration in Hopi-Tewa pottery.

$ 1,400.00
Naha, Rainy – Large Jar with Crow Mother and Eototo Figures

Rainy Naha is well known for her creative and intricately designed pottery.  This jar is a new design for her and it is inspired by the Awatovi murals.   Awatovi was a Hopi village from around 1300 to 1700.  In the 1930’s J. O. Brew of the Peabody Museum conducted extensive archeological excavations at Awatovi.  Most of the murals were actually removed and are now at the Peabody Museum.  The last image is one of the actual murals.  Rainy Naha has depicted Eototo on one side in the Mural style.  Eototo is the chief of all kachinas and knows all of the ceremonies. He is the spiritual counterpart of the village chief and as such is called “father” of all the kachinas.  The other side has the Crow Mother Katsina.  Crow Mother, or Angwusnasomtaka,  is a figure of great dignity. She appears on all three mesas, usually in connection with the initiation of the children.  Both figures are painted with exceptional detail and a variety of clay colors.  Check out the birds surrounding Eototo!  Separating the two figures are bands of Hopi-Tewa designs.  Each of the squares has a different design from classic Hopi-Tewa pottery.  So why the Awatovi designs? Rainy’s mother, Helen “Feather Woman” Naha, lived on a ranch in the Jeddito Valley, below the Awatovi Ruins and Helen was the first revivalist of their black and white pottery.  Rainy has continued this revival with her innovative designs.  The jar is painted with various clay slips along with bee-weed, which is black.  It was traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.  Rainy has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market and her work continues to be a creative inspiration in Hopi-Tewa pottery.

$ 3,200.00
Naha, Rainy – Jar with Awatovi Star Design

Rainy Naha is known for her delicately painted Hopi-Tewa pottery.  This bowl is one of her classic shapes with a wide shoulder and just a slight neck.  The design is the “Awatovi Star” pattern, which was revived by her mother, Helen “Featherwoman” Naha.  Awatovi is one of the ruins near Hopi where a white slipped style of pottery was made.  It is a fascinating place as it was where Coronado made contact with the Hopi in 1540.  During the excavations in the 1930’s the whiteware pottery was rediscovered.  It was the imagery from his work which inspired much of Helen’s early pottery, as opposed to the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo of Hano.  This bowl has the “Awatovi Star” pattern painted on the top and the bottom.  Around the shoulder is her “eternity band” design.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and there is some variation to the color with the fired cloud, which certainly adds to the beauty of the piece.  It is tightly painted using bee-weed (black) on a white kaolin clay surface. There is a balance of the design on the surface as the piece is turned which is simply beautiful!  It is signed on the bottom with a feather and her name.

$ 975.00
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