One-of-a-kind horsehair and raku pottery are featured here. Horsehair pottery is a Native American art form that dates back years. As its name implies, it is made using hair from the tail and mane of a horse. It is said that a pueblo potter whose long hair blew against a piece of pottery she was removing from a hot kiln, stuck to the piece, first made horsehair pottery. The result was so interesting that she duplicated it with hair from a horse's tail.
Today members of many tribes make horsehair pottery. Sometimes it is etched or decorated with pieces of turquoise; sometimes it may have a design painted over the horsehair. Because of the unique materials used to make horsehair, no two pieces are exactly alike.
“Copper Flash” Raku is created by applying a “copper matte” glaze to the bisque-fired clay. Each glazed piece is returned to the kiln until the proper temperature is reached. One by one, each pot is removed from the kiln with tongs and immediately submerged in a container filled with combustible materials (such as sawdust and/or shredded paper.) The materials ignite, and something magical occurs. As the flames lick up against the pots, they react with the copper matte glaze, producing colors that are nearly impossible to achieve with standard glazes. The process is ended by putting a lid over the container at the proper time to extinguish the flames.