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Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Awatovi Star Design Bowl (1978)

Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Awatovi Star Design Bowl (1978)

6.25"w x 2.5"h
$ 1,000.00
Availability: Out of stock

This smaller bowl by Helen Naha, also known as “Feather Woman”, has her iconic Awatovi Star design.  Helen created distinctive pottery using the white clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition.  Helen is known for her revival of the pre-historic Awatovi pottery.   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 the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo.  This bowl has the “Awatovi Star” pattern painted on the top and the bottom.  The bowl has a larger opening and the entire interior is also fully polished!  Around the shoulder is an eternity band.  The bowl was traditionally fired and there is some variation to the color with the fired cloud, which certainly adds to the beauty of the piece.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.  It was originally purchased in 1978.


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Artist

Artist

Naha, Helen "Featherwoman" (1922 - 1993)

Helen Naha

Helen Naha created distinctive pottery using the white clay slip throughout her career. The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips. She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha (the first Frog Woman), yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition. Her daughters, Sylvia and Rainy (Rainell), as well as her granddaughter Tyra Naha, are well-known potters. Helen Naha was mostly self-taught. Her designs were recreated from pottery fragments and bowls found at the Awatovi ruins of Hopi 1st Mesa. Her hallmark style was finely polished, hand-coiled pottery finished in white slip with black and red decorations. She would often take the extra step to polish the inside of a piece as well as the outside. Helen signed her pottery with a feather design, which resulted in her being called “Feather Woman” by her collectors.  Today, her large pots typically sell for several thousand dollars.   Helen won numerous awards for her pottery and was the matriarch of a family of renowned potters, including Rainy, Burrell and Sylvia Naha.  Helen Naha has been recognized by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts for her body of work through the creation of the Helen Naha Memorial Award - For Excellence in Traditional Hopi Pottery.
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