Horse Hair Pottery
Other hair (or feathers) can be used in the process. This pot was decorated with the hair of
Highland Cattle (special thanks to Amy Allen and
Allen Acres Highland Cattle)
Customized pots available,  
You can choose from a
variety of shapes and
sizes.  Just provide a small
sample of horse hair and
we will create a
customized keepsake pot
from your horses hair.

    As an art form potters have been applying and firing their wares with anything and everything they can find
    around the shop or farm for centuries.

    Horse Hair Pottery is one of the newer pottery avenues for artistitic expression with nature.

    The 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.

    Thankfully, human hair is 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.

    The 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.