Naha, Paqua (Frog Woman) – 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 in around 1951-2. She was the first to sign her pottery with her Frog Hallmark, as “Paqua” means Frog in Hopi. This is a very unusual piece of her pottery. It is an open box with a bird painted in the center. The edges are also all fully painted with traditional Hopi-Tewa designs. The box is slipped with a 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 box is traditionally fired and signed with her hallmark frog. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.