Naha, Rainy – Jar with Eagle Tail Design
Rainy Naha 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 taller and thin-walled and very detailed in the painted designs. Here, the eagle tail extends out from the neck of the jar. The wide bands are the tail feathers of the bird while the circular extensions on both sides are the wings. Each of the tails is composed of various Hopi designs. Note how Rainy has used over six different clay colors to achieve the dynamic appearance of the designs! Few potters spend the time to seek out so many colors and few are able to use them with such skill! Rainy uses natural clay slips (bee-weed for the black) and white kaolin clay. Each of her pieces is also traditionally fired which gives the white a very pearlescent appearance. It is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.