Hair Pottery is one of the newer pottery avenues for artistitic expression with nature.
modern story tells of a Native American woman lifting heated pots from her kiln when her own hair fell against the pot leaving
charred and smoked patterns on the ware.
human hair too fine to leave distinctive markings so horse tail and mane hair have made fine plentiful substitutes. Simply brushing the horse or trimming bridle paths provides plenty of hair.
The more coarse tail hair from the horse leaves bold distinctive markings and mane hair provides for more delicate
lines and smoke patterns. Any hair from most any creature on the planet can be
transformed with this art form.
process starts with pottery that is fired to around 1850 degrees F. Horse hair
is applied by hand to the pottery between 1,500 and 1000 degrees F as the pottery cools.
The hair carbonizes on to
the pottery leaving shadowy waving line and smoke patterns. On bare pottery the
patterns are soft where application on glazed pieces leaves more contrasting markings.
When the pottery has cooled it is cleaned and scrubbed and then finished with UV protective coating.