Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – Bowl with Sun Designs (1974)
Helen Naha created distinctive pottery using the white kaolin 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. This bowl was originally purchased in 1974. It is painted with a sun pattern. There are six sun designs encircling the bowl. They are surrounded by rain and cloud patterns. As with much of Helen’s pottery, the inside is fully polished. She would always try to make the mouth of the vessel large enough so she could get her hand inside to polished the inside. The bottom has her hallmark “feather”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.