The reason why my family is so well known is because they mastered three different styles of pottery and now mix it into one piece. The three stages of making these pots are horsehair, hand painting and hand etching. Before beginning any of these processes we must first create the pot. We hand pour each pot three times. This pot is poured with white clay from the Navajo Nation. We hand pour our pots three times making it durable. This process can take up to 6 hours. Next we bake it. We bake all our pots in an open fire pit. Leading us to the next and newest concept we have created. Next we place horsehair onto the pot. When the horse hair touches the red hot pot it singes right on. This immediately turns the all white pot into a one of a kind piece and creates a beautiful texture and matrix similar to a marble look. All the black lines create a marble look. We polish it with elk fur just enough so you can still feel the horse hair on top. The hair polished with the fur gives the pot an amazing texture. Even underneath the paints and etching you can still feel the horse hair. Forth, we paint it. Our color were the first thing we were known for. Our exquisite color concepts, are always bright, vibrant and seamless. You don't typically see pottery this bright and colorful and they are different every time. Last we etch. Our etching is done with a fine needlepoint. The quality of Navajo Pottery is based on precision and detail. When you look closely at etchings you can actually see the fines lines created in every stroke. All our pots take 8-10 hours to create. But this process has been mastered and improved over the last 40 years.
This pot holds business cards and pens/pencils. We decorate the pot with turquoise and a prayer feather. We include a brochure that shows us making our pottery and what everything represents on it. As well as a sweeet story about my family. Last but not least! We JUST created a video of us making us making the pots from start to finish! It is available on our website. www.Navajosecrets.com the password for the video is "Friends". Feel free to watch us create our pottery from start to finish. Furthermore, there is no mass production in our work. My aunt, Mabelline Grey learned potting from her mom who learned from our grandma. Horse hair is a newer concept we have only been doing for the last 5 years but has taken our pots to the next level.
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