Naha, Rainy – Jar with Buttefly, Dragonfly, and Shard Designs

7.5"w x 5.5"h

$ 1,600.00

This is an intricately designed jar by Rainy Naha.  She learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen “Featherwoman” Naha.  Rainy continues in a similar style using a white clay slip as the foundation for her work.  This jar has a butterfly on one side and three dragonflies on the other side.  The butterfly is designed with intricately painted wings and is surrounded by three old-style butterflies.  On the opposite side are three intricately painted dragonflies along with four old-style ones.  Separating them are two large sections with pottery shard designs.  Rainy says she was inspired to create the “shard” designs from her parents.  Her father would pick up pottery shards near their ranch outside of Polacca near Hopi, and those were the inspiration for much of Helen Naha’s pottery.  Rainy continues to use ancient shards as inspiration for her designs.  Each side has different shard patterns placed together in a geometric style  Rainy has various colors of clay used to accent the painted designs.  The black is bee-weed while the colors are all-natural clay slips.  The jar is traditionally fired which gives the white a very pearlescent appearance.  It is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.