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Horsehair Memory Pots

26 November 2013 Comments

Every few years, I have revisited the idea of having some horsehair memory pots made with Jim’s mane and the tail hair from two other horses I rode as a teen who had a big impact on me, Charlie and Keeper. I couldn’t ever find someone doing the pots in a style I loved though, so I’d drop the idea. For a while.

This fall, with Ro and Dexter’s hair added to my drawer, I tried again. This time, I was pointed to Lois Hirshberg (Pottery by Lois). I loved the work I saw on her site, so I contacted her.

The result is exactly what I was hoping for:

(Photo by Lois)

All three pots have tail hair from a few of the horses and then some of Jim’s mane in them. I didn’t want to do one pot per horse because the memories I have of them and the lessons I have learned from them are not isolated—they built on each other.

Lois also made me a pendant that has Jim’s mane hair in it, which you can see hanging on the jar in this picture:

As I said, I’m very, very happy with the result. The pieces are exactly what I was looking for—and I highly recommend Lois to anyone thinking about having their own pots made.

If you haven’t seen/heard of this process before, here’s a page on her site that explains more about it, with some other examples of her work.

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