Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – Open Bowl with Interlocking Birds (1980s)
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 is from the 1980s. It is an open bowl that is fully polished. The interior is polished white. The exterior has six interlocking birds. The birds are painted with bee-weed and then highlighted with a mauve clay slip. There was only a brief period in the late 1980s when she used this coloration. The bottom has her hallmark “feather”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.