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Naha, Rainy – Jar with Hano Clown

Naha, Rainy – Jar with Hano Clown

7.25"w x 5.25"h
$ 1,400.00
Availability: Out of stock

This is a charming new jar by Rainy Naha.  She is well known for her creative and intricately designed pottery.  The jar has a Hano or Koshari Clown as the image on two sides.  The Koshari provides amusement during Kachina ceremonies.  Koshari plays tricks, acts out absurd pantomimes, or cleverly mimics spectators. Like the more serious Kachinas, but in a humorous way, the clown helps maintain community harmony by reminding the people of acceptable standards of behavior within the Hopi community.  Rainy has captured the Koshari facing the viewer on one side, and the back of the Koshari on the other.  Check out the mocassins which almost seem too big on the clown, appearing in a whimsical manner.  Separating the front and back of the clown are two large panels which are painted with Hopi-Tewa designs from cloud to bird wings and rain patterns.  It is in the style of a shawl, which Hopi-Tewa women wear when they are at the dances.  The jar is first polished with white clay and then it is painted with bee-weed (black) and various colors of clay slips.  Some of the colors are polished and others are matte.  The jar is traditionally fired outside.  It is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.  Rainy has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market and her work continues to be a creative inspiration in Hopi-Tewa pottery.


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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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