Naha, Paqua (Frog Woman) – Large White Open Bowl with Bird Design (1950’s)
Paqua Naha was the mother of noted potter Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie and the mother-in-law of Helen “Featherwoman” Naha. She is known for her traditional designs and use of the various colors of clay at Hopi. She developed the white-ware around 1951-2. She was the first to sign her pottery with her Frog Hallmark, as “Paqua” means Frog in Hopi. This is a larger classic open bowl. It is slipped with white clay and painted with bee-weed and a red clay slip. On the outer band, there is are bird designs. On the inside of the bowl it is painted with a bird flying over the land (the red area at the bottom). Note the complexity of the design and her ability to paint the inside of the bowl as well as the sides! The bowl is slipped with white clay, which she began to do in 1951-2. It is this same white for which Joy Navasie and Helen Naha became famous in their pottery. The bowl is traditionally fired and signed with her hallmark frog. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.