Navajo Horse Hair Ceramic Bear by Shirley Smith
This Navajo ceramic bear has been fired to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit, then removed from the kiln and allowed to cool slightly, at which point actual horse hair (from the tail and mane of a horse) is placed directly on the clay. This hair then carbonizes and leaves black squiggly lines on the pottery; the smoke from the strands create smoky gray areas. The item is then glazed and incised. One side is a monochromatic mix of black, white, and gray; the other side has applied color. No two pieces are alike!