Kahe, Gloria – Tall Jar with Hopi Birds and Feather Designs
Gloria Kahe (b. 1951) is Navajo and married Samuel Kahe in 1970. She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law Marcella Kahe. She is the mother of Valerie Kahe and her sister-in-law is Karen Kahe Charley. This jar is made from red Hopi clay. It is fully painted with a feather pattern around the top of the piece. Below are flowing bird and geometric patterns. It is a striking and complicated piece in design that fills the surface of the jar. The designs are painted with bee-weed (black) and highlighted with additional clay slips. The jar was traditionally fired so there are light blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “G. Kahe”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.