The inspiration for our horse hair pottery is a modern continuation of an old Apache tradition for honoring a fallen war horse. They believed this process always kept the spirit of the horse present.
Only the finest porcelain is used to create this line of pottery items. Each piece we create is burnished, then hand polished and buffed to a mirror-like finish. The clay pieces are then bisque fired in preparation for the raku process. We then place several bisque pieces in an outdoor gas kiln, and when the temperature reaches 1,000° F, we quickly remove these pieces. At the precise moment, we “lay” the horse hair onto the hot pottery piece. As the hair is consumed by the heat, it twists and curls. The carbon, the very DNA of the hair, penetrates the piece becoming an original, never to be duplicated again.
Of all the forms of pottery creations, this method may be the most unique. It combines not only the skill of the artist, but also the unpredictable forces of nature. Tall and round urns come in large, medium, and small sizes. Due to the handmade aspect of these urns, the sizes are approximate.