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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 – Bowl with Interlocking Birds

The “interlocking” or “tumbling” parrots is a design originated by Rainy Naha. This piece has a taller shape, so that the top and bottom parrots are easily seen. The bowl is fully polished with a white clay slip and then there are five sections of interlocking birds.  Each bird is painted with various Hopi-Tewa designs and then additional clay slips.  Rainy uses bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips for her colors. Each piece is traditionally fired.  The bowl is signed on the bottom with the feather hallmark and “Rainy”.

$ 1,600.00
Naha, Rainy – Solstice Jar

This is an intricately designed jar by Rainy Naha.  She learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen “Featherwoman” Naha.  Rainy continues is a similar style using a white clay slip as the foundation for her work.  This jar  is a classic Sikyatki style with a wide sloping shoulder.  The jar is slipped with a white clay and then painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black).  The design around the jar is a striking use of the solstice pattern.  Around the neck are the four phases of the moon.  Below are various Hopi-Tewa designs representing sun, cloud, rain, and corn. Some of the colors are polished and some are left matte.  The painting on the surface is wonderfully intricate and varied.  The jar is signed on the bottom with her name and father hallmark.

$ 1,800.00
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