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Naha, Rainy – Awatovi Star & Solstice Design

Naha, Rainy – Awatovi Star & Solstice Design

7"w x 3.75"h
$ 1,000.00
Availability: Out of stock

This is a complex jar by Rainy Naha.  She learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen “Featherwoman” Naha.  Rainy continues is a similar style using a white clay slip as the foundation for her work.  This jar is a classic Sikyatki style with a wide sloping shoulder.  The jar is slipped with a white clay and then painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black).  The design on the jar combines two of Rainy’s most famous patterns. There is the Awatovi Star in at the very top of the bowl.  Awatovi was a village near Hopi which created black-on-white pottery and it was revived by Rainy’s mother. The spikes of the star are the hatchwork designs in black-on-white.  Note to the side of them are four triangles with different colors, representing the four seasons.  Separating the spikes of the star are four of the solstice panels with the four phases of the moon.  Around the shoulder is a band of Hopi-Tewa designs including an eternity design, snow rain, and colors representing the four directions.  Some of the colors are polished and some are left matte, but there are over six different colors used on this piece!  The painting on the surface is wonderfully intricate and varied.  The jar is signed on the bottom with her name and feather hallmark.


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Artist

Artist

Naha, Rainy (b. 1949)

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Rainy Naha

Rainy Naha learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen "Featherwoman" Naha, and Rainy is the grand-daughter of Hopi-Tewa pottery matriarch, Paqua Naha, the first "Frogwoman". The traditional designs of her pottery go back to the early works made by Paqua.  Her sister Sylvia and brother Burel Naha are also well-known potters and they use much the same styles and colors as Rainy. Each piece of Rainy's work is made in the traditional hand-coiled method, then shaped, sanded and polished before painting with bee-weed (black) and native clay slips and native fired. Rainy continues to innovate and also create her own voice among Hopi-Tewa potters. She has won numerous awards, including "Best of Pottery" at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2007.  She signs her pottery with the traditional feather hallmark used by her mom and then adds her first name.  We are pleased to carry Rainy in our Gallery both in Scottsdale an Santa Fe.
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