Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – Wide 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 slight neck. It is a shape which Helen frequently used on her pottery. The sides are painted with a batwing design which extends down below the shoulder. Helen would often make the mouth of the vessel large enough so she could get her hand in to polished the inside. The interior of this jar is fully polished. The bottom has her hallmark “feather”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.