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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 – Wide Solstice Moons Jar

This is a complex 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.  Extending downward are two areas which have the classic eternity pattern.  Some of the colors are polished and some are left matte, but there are over six different colors used on this piece!  The painting on the surface is wonderfully intricate and varied.  The jar is signed on the bottom with her name and father hallmark.

$ 1,850.00
Naha, Rainy – Jar with Butterfly and Dragonflies

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 has a butterfly with intricately painted wings on one side.  On the opposite side are two old style dragonflies.  Separating them are two large panels of various geometric designs.  There are over six different colors used on this jar!  The designs include rain, cloud, mountain and other patterns.  There is even the Awatovi swirl! The black is bee-weed while the colors are all natural clay slips.  The jar is traditionally fired which gives the white a very pearlescent appearance.  It is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.

$ 1,200.00
Naha, Rainy – Large Shalako Clouds and Eagle Tail Jar

Rainy Naha took her inspiration for this wide shoulder jar from a Sikyatki polychrome vessel from 1550-1600. The jar was featured in Edwin Wade’s seminal book, “Canvas of Clay”.  Interestingly, Wade spoke with several Hopi educators to identify the designs on the surface.  The triangular designs are the “Shakako” cloud pyramids.  The more complex panels separating the clouds for Rainy are inspired by various designs used by Nampeyo of Hano and her mother, Helen “Feather Woman” Naha.  They are a variation of the classic eagle tail design.  The designs are layered on top of one on top of the other so as to identify the world of the eagle from sky to earth.  The jar itself is painted with natural clay slips to achieve the various colors.  The black is derived from bee-weed (a plant).  The jar has been traditionally fired which results in a very pearlescent coloration to the white.  It is signed on the bottom with a feather and Rainy’s name.  It is exciting how she has used both ancient designs and more modern motifs of the Hopi-Tewa matriarchs as the foundation for this striking jar!

$ 1,900.00
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