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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 jar has a wide shoulder and a slight neck. It is a shape that Helen frequently used on her pottery. The sides are painted with a batwing design that extends down below the shoulder. The neck has both a deep red and a tan color-clay, which indicates this piece is from the late 1980s or early 1990s. Helen would make the mouth of the vessel large enough so she could get her hand in to polish the inside. The interior of this jar is fully polished. The bottom has her hallmark “feather”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.