About Horse Hair Pottery

Welcome to Dancing Fire Pottery

$99 Special!

Get a horsehair pottery Vase, pendant and earrings – shipping included! email or call Scotty to arrange a custom order.

I would love to hear about your horse (or dog). Please e-mail me at scotty@dancingfirepottery.com

or call (707) 277-1222.  Please leave a message with your phone number and I will call you back.  I return calls on Friday and Saturday.

Custom Horsehair & Pet hair Pottery – (Formerly Claypony.com).
Horsehair pottery is made from a white clay that has been bisque fired to a lower than usual temperature. This leaves the fired clay body quite porous, enabling it to absorb the carbon from burning horsehair. Later, the piece is warmed up in the kiln to about 1000 degrees. When it is removed, individual strands of horsehair (or pet hair), preferably from the tail, are laid against the hot surface. If the temperature on the surface of the piece is just right, the hair will attach to the pot, dance around and begin to carbonize. As the ash forms, a deposit of carbon and smoke is absorbed into the clay surface, leaving a permanent trace of the hair. As the temperature falls below 900 degrees, the Vase will no longer accept the hair, and the process is over. When the ashes are washed away and the piece is completely dry, it is polished with wax.

Because horsehair pottery must be porous in order to achieve the effect, it is not to be used as a water vessel for fresh flowers. Its use is solely as a piece of art to enhance the décor of your favorite room or to make a statement about your appreciation of your pet. It makes a nice conversation starter if you take it to work. If you like I can carve the name of your pet on the bottom of the vessel.


“I can’t say enough great things about this guy — he did a wonderful job on Julius’s hair pot and the pendants. Thank you so much!! For all of my horse friends — Scotty is fantastic!!!”
—Megan Delgado Mitchell

“Scotty, my daughter absolutely LOVED her vessel and jewelry! She actually cried and said best gift ever! Thank you so much! She is giving her trainer her vessel tomorrow for Christmas! Can’t thank you enough! You really have a talent that touches people
—J. Cullen

“I can’t tell you how incredibly happy I am with the vase and jewelry Scotty has made for me. These beautiful pieces will be such a amazing reminder of my special boy for a long time to come. It has far exceeded my expectations!”

“Scotty, Thank you again so much for creating these beautiful horsehair pottery tiles for the jewelry boxes, the necklaces and the pony hanging ornament. I was mesmerized by the video watching Rodney’s hair being transformed forever on the tile. What a beautiful way to preserve the happy memories of this gentle and beloved horse. And what precious, unique gifts these are for those who remember Rodney so fondly! Thank you for your caring and craftsmanship.”

“Absolutely gorgeous! I had art work made with my horse’s hair a couple years back, and now I’m doing the same for my best friend’s horse. Scotty has a very special talent, his work allows us to keep our furry friends with us forever. Thank you Scotty! I will come back to Scotty for all of my horse hair art!”

I received the piece. It’s wonderful. Thanks you so much for your help with this. We love it.

It arrived today!  It is BEAUTIFUL!!! And PERFECT!!!  It is a Sweetest Day gift for my husband so I will be giving it to him next Saturday (the 15th). I am going to get a bamboo plant to put in it (they do well in a bed of just small gravel). I will absolutely send you pictures once it is all planted! THANK YOU so much!!!

Hi Scotty
I opened the box finally yesterday and think they are perfect.  Tammy will be very pleased. I like your idea of the black collar around the vase.  Looks like a dog collar. Thank you for your beautiful work.