Sylvia Naha

Sylvia Naha (1951-1999) was the daughter of Helen Naha (1st Featherwoman) and granddaughter of Paqua Naha (1st Frogwoman). Rainy Naha was her sister and Burel Naha her brother.

Sylvia mostly created pottery slipped with Hopi's white clay, polishing the formed pots and painting them with bee-weed (black) and native colored slips. In the early 1950's her mother had perfected a method of making white-slipped pottery using Hopi clays that wouldn't crack in the firing. Helen taught all her kids and they carried it on. During the 1980's Sylvia was one of the most innovative of Hopi potters with her whiteware. She tended to create classic forms and paint intricate designs.

Sylvia signed her pottery with the Featherwoman 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
Geometric design on a black and white seed pot Black and white seed pot with a geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Awatovi star, fine line and geometric design on a miniature black and white seed pot Miniature polychrome seed pot decorated with an Awatovi star, fine line and geometric design
2 1/4 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Awatovi star, Jornada Mogollon spiral, lock-and-keys, fine line and geometric design on a miniature black and white jar A miniature black and white jar decorated with an Awatovi star, Jornada Mogollon spiral, lock-and-keys, fine line and geometric design
2 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia

Hopi Potters