Sylvia Naha

Sylvia Naha (1951-1999) was the daughter of Helen Naha (First Feather Woman) and granddaughter of Paqua Naha (First Frog Woman). Rainy Naha is her sister and Burel Naha her brother. She mostly created pottery using Hopi's white clay, polishing the formed pots and painting them with bee-weed (black) and native colored slips. During the 1980's she was one of the most innovative of Hopi potters. She tended to create classic forms and paint intricate designs. She signed her pottery with the Feather Woman feather and her initial S.

Lizard on top and lightning bolt and Tularosa spiral design below on a Polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with lizard design on top and lightning bolt and Tularosa spiral design below
3 in H by 5 in Dia
Lizard and shard design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with lizard and shard design
5 3/4 in H by 5 in Dia
Lizard and geometric design on a polychrome whiteware jar
Polychrome whiteware jar with lizard and geometric design
3 3/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Lizard and shard designs on a cylinder
Polychrome cylinder decorated with lizard and shard designs
7 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Migration pattern, bat wing and geometric design on a polychrome white war jar
Polychrome white ware jar decorated with a four-direction bat wing, migration pattern and geometric design
4 3/4 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a white ware polychrome jar
Polychrome white ware jar decorated with a bird element and geometric design
5 1/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Lizard and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a lizard and geometric design
6 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Hopi Potters