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Artist's Profile
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Methods and Style of Work:
Signature or Hallmark:
About The Artist:
Rainell "Rainy" Naha was born in 1949 into the Spider/Stick clan as the daughter of Helen Naha (Feather Woman) and the grand-
daughter of Paqua Naha (the original Frog Woman). Her siblings include Sylvia Naha Humpheries (d.) and Burell Naha.
Of all Naha family decendents, Rainy is perhaps the most prolific in her perpetuation of the pottery tradition. Having won numerous
awards, including blue ribbons at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eight Northern Indian Art Show, and the Annual
Heard Museum Show, it is easy to see how such meticulous detail and innovative design has taken Rainy's work to the top.
Rainy has been an active potter for more than thirty years, and very active during the last ten. She was taught by her mother, and
signs all of her work with her mother's hallmark feather, along with her name, "Rainy."
Thin walled vessels in both traditional and contemporary shapes are the basis for her work. The designs painted onto the vessels
often incorporate her mother's work, such as the Awatovi Star or bat wing patterns.
Her work is primarily Hopi clay with a white slip applied before the polychrome designs, sometimes known as Walpi Polychrome. All
of her pieces are made using traditional clay, paints, and methods of forming and firing. Rainy has also added other clay slips to
her work, with pieces often having up to five different colors.
Rainy Naha
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