Naha, Rainy – Jar with Hano Clown
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.