Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – Water Jar with Bat Wing Design (1970’s)
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 wonderful shape with a low shoulder and slightly turned out rim. The design is the classic batwing pattern which extends down below the shoulder. The bottom has her hallmark “feather”. It is really wonderful to note her attention to the little details and that even the entire inside of the jar is fully polished! Note the wonderful bold lines of Helen’s painting! It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.