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.
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.