Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – 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 wide shoulder and a slightly turned out rim. The sides are painted with a batwing design which extends down below the shoulder. Helen would typically make the mouth of the vessel large enough so she could get her hand inside to polish. The interior of the jar is fully polished. The jar is signed on the bottom with her hallmark, “Feather”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.