Tall Pot with Lizard Design by Nona Naha (1958-2021, Hopi Pueblo
Tall Pot with Lizard Design by Nona Naha (1958-2021), Hopi Pueblo clay, pigment 5" high x 2.25" diameter
Nona Naha was a Tewa-Hopi of the Corn Clan who began making pottery in 1988. She was the daughter of Sylvan and Edith Nash and the wife of Terry Naha. She learned to make pottery from Helen Naha and her daughters Sylvia and Rainy Naha. She was known for her thin-walled, traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery.
"Nona Naha produces some of the thinnest pottery at Hopi. She said, 'I love the feeling of relief and satisfaction when the pot is completed. The process for me is long, since I take time to do my best. I also appreciate the reaction of the buyers who acknowledge art and the work behind it.'"
- Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies (p. 79)
Nona has taken many awards at shows throughout the Southwest, including 2nd and 3rd place overall at the Hopi Show in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Museum of Northern Arizona.