History of Horse Hair Pottery

Origin of horse hair pottery

The origin of horse hair pottery is not  known for sure but there is a story of a Native American Pueblo women  that accidentally created the technique. As she was removing clay pots  from her kiln the wind blew her hair and it came into contact with the  hot pot. The hair created a pattern on the pot. This intrigued the women  and from then on she tried using other materials such as straw,  feathers and horse hair. The horse hair created the most dramatic patterns and thus horse hair pottery was born.

Another story tells of Native Americans  creating horse hair pottery as a way to honor and immortalize some of  their greatest horses.

Regardless of it’s origin, every piece of horse hair pottery is a unique piece of artwork that can never be replicated.

Things to Know about Horse Hair Pottery

Horse hair pottery requires a porous ceramic body in order for the carbon to permanently mark the surface.

Another aspect to note is that horse hair pottery should never be considered functional ware. It is not  food-safe and is also liquid permeable. In other words, it is not recommended to  be used as a fresh flower vase; however, if you are going to put fresh flowers in your horse hair vase, be sure to have a dish underneath to collect any seepage.