Monday, December 7, 2009

New horse hair pots

I had two special orders for horse hair pots. For those who are unfamiliar with horse hair pots, they are pots that are fired to a low temperature and taken out of the heat, then adorned with horse hair. The hair is laid onto the surface of the hot pot and burns into the clay, leaving behind both subtle and striking surface decoration. These pots are decorative, as they are low-fired and fragile.

I'm not sure if this is true, but I've heard that native Americans used to honor their fallen war horses with horse hair pots. In the pictures, the shorter piece on the far left is a special order for Silva, a beloved horse who passed away in November at the age of 30 years. "She taught many children to ride and had the patience of a saint," said its owner who mailed me a bit of mane to use on the pot.

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