Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Horse Hair Pottery

Pottery has been a part of Navajo culture for hundreds of years. Initially used for carrying water and storing food, pottery has evolved into an art. Navajo horse hair pottery is another artistic twist in traditional pottery making. The potter crafts the mane and tail hair from a horse into the pottery and then skillfully fires it in a kiln. The fine lines come from the hair from the mane and the thicker lines come from the tail. Once the potter fires the clay in the kiln, the pot becomes rock polished. These one-of-a-kind pieces are decorative representations of a Navajo art form practiced and taught by generations of potters. Like all handmade items, no two pieces of pottery are exactly alike, so the picture you see may not match the exact pottery piece you receive. While once used for practical purposes, we now recommend using these pottery pieces only for decoration.

Navajo Horsehair Etched Pottery

Navajo horsehair pottery also comes with etchings of traditional Navajo designs. The beautiful, intricate designs take the horse hair style a step further with detailed etchings over the fired horse hair and clay. Navajo horsehair etched pottery still remains a popular collectible item today and is especially popular with the Navajo Nation in Arizona and the Pueblos of New Mexico. Spruce up your home with beautiful southwest decorations by adding a horsehair etched vase to your Navajo pottery collection! In addition to the distinctive horsehair style, we have many other etched pottery options available in our online store.


 

Navajo Horse Hair Pottery Wedding Vases

A popular type of Navajo horse hair pottery is the wedding vase. These beautiful pieces will make a meaningful gift for newlyweds, and are also a great way to celebrate loved ones on their wedding anniversary. A Navajo horse hair pottery wedding vase is characterized by two separate spouts and the joining of the handle. This type of wedding vase symbolizes the unity of a couple in marriage.

Our Navajo horse hair pottery wedding vases are treasured, unique gifts to be passed down through the generations. The Navajo wedding vase is the artful representation of the marriage, the fragility, and the beauty of the joining of two individuals in commitment to one another. In addition to Navajo styles, we also have Acoma, Zuni, and Hopi wedding vase styles. Shop all our wedding pieces and horse hair pottery vases in our online store, contact us, or give us a call for more information.


Navajo Horse Hair Pottery For Sale

Explore our Navajo horse hair pottery pieces that are available online for sale. With these cultural designs, you can decorate your home, cabin, living room, or family room. Each artist intricately crafts the horse hair and clay to design each unique piece. No two pieces will ever look the exact same, and that’s the beauty of Navajo horse hair pottery. Shop our Navajo horse hair pottery for sale today.

Since our establishment in 1916, the Cameron Trading Post has been providing exquisite fine art pieces, including horse hair pottery, beadwork, rugs, jewelry, baskets, kachina dolls, carvings, historic pottery, and sand paintings. Our pieces are hand-crafted by expert potters, weavers, and artists who have been taught handed-down techniques by their family members. These techniques have been passed down from the Navajo and Hopi people each generation since these traditions first began in the early to late 1800s and even earlier. Shop our authentic new and antique Native American pieces in our online store, or stop by during your visit to the Grand Canyon.


About the Cameron Trading Post

In 1911, a swayback suspension bridge was constructed over the Little Colorado River, which created the first easy access over the gorge. Around that time, two brothers, named Hubert and C.D. Richardson, founded the Cameron Trading Post. The Navajo and Hopi locals visited the trading post to barter wool, blankets, and livestock in exchange for dry goods.

In those days, a road trip to the Cameron Trading Post could take many days of travel via a horse-drawn wagon. The brothers treated their visitors like family, and fed and provided them shelter during their stay. Hubert and C.D. Richardson were more than just merchants. They understood the local dialects and customs, and the local Native American people trusted them, especially in regard to the emerging and confusing American legal and social systems. With time, as the roads improved and interest sparked in the Cameron area, the trading post’s convenience to the Grand Canyon made it popular for other travelers and tourists as well.

For over a century, the Cameron Trading Post has regarded hospitality with respect. Many of the people who work here have done so for several generations. Our president himself descended from the original founders of the trading post. Here at the trading post, our mission is to provide the same hospitality and quality of art, clothing, food, etc., that we did since the day we first opened in 1916. Come explore the historic Cameron Trading Post on your stay in the Grand Canyon area!

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