Horse Hair Pottery (1)
Pottery has been a part of Navajo culture for hundreds of years. Initially used for some sort of purpose (carrying water, storing food, etc), pottery has evolved into an art. Horsehair pottery is another artistic twist in traditional pottery making. Made from mane and tail hair of a horse, the pottery is then skillfully fired in a kiln. The fine lines are created with the hair from the mane and the thicker lines are from the tail. Once fired, the pot is rock polished. Like all handmade items, no two pieces of pottery are exactly alike. These one of kind pieces are decorative representations of a Navajo art form practiced and taught by generations. While once used for practical purposes, these pieces of pottery are intended for decoration only.