The Spirit of the Animal
Keepsakes and Memorials
Immortalize your beloved companion with a personalized pet or horse hair pot from
Kissimmee River Pottery in Flemington, New Jersey
Animal Spirit Pottery
A unique, one-of-a-kind memento to celebrate an animal who is with you now or one who has passed. Hair from almost any animal can be used including horse, dog, cat, llama, pig, donkey, and even bird feathers. No two spirit pots are alike, just like the animals they represent!
The patterns on your spirit pot will vary depending on the hair, fur, or feathers used. Long, thicker lines come from horse tail and mane hair. Shorter hair or fur produces shorter lines. The fur, hair, or feathers transform into lines and markings on your pot in shades of black and grey
How Animal Spirit Pots are Made
Pots are thrown on a traditional pottery wheel in our Flemington, New Jersey studio using fine, high-firing clay. When dry, they are bisque-fired to a temperature of 1800 degrees. Each pot is fired twice. During the second firing, the pot is removed from the kiln when it reaches 1000 degrees. This is the ideal temperature for hair or fur to be placed onto the surface of the pot in order to create a permanent pattern. The hair itself makes dark lines, creating smoke which makes grey shadows. When cool, each pot is cleaned with a cloth and sprayed with an acrylic sealer. It is then ready for display, for use as an urn, or to hold dried arrangements.
Care of Your Spirit Pot
The process of decorating pottery with horse or other hair renders the clay porous. It is not watertight, so please enjoy your pot as a unique, one-of-a-kind piece for display only. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. Never use soap or cleansers on your pot. Keep out of direct sunlight
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About Kissimmee River Pottery
John Fulwood, master potter at Kissimmee River Pottery, developed his technique of creating Animal Spirit Pots after talking to horse owners about their passion for their companions and their desire to create a lasting memento to them. Working with his students, John experimented with many techniques to produce a pot that was not only durable and beautiful, but would create a permanent keepsake of a beloved friend