Unique custom memorial pottery which honors the memories of our loved ones whether four legged or two.
I will attend the Minnesota Horse Expo April 26-27-28, 2024
Bring your horses hair and place an order for a custom fired memorial piece and receive a free custom fired pendant.
I believe my horsehair pieces are a modern interpretation of the Apache tradition honoring a fallen war horse. The hair of the tail or mane was incorporated into the vessel, so the spirit of the horse was always present.
Though my artwork is so varied, it is also unified — if not visually, then in spirit — of an underlying reverence of nature, particularly of ties to the land, livestock and horses; a deep appreciation of rugged Midwest and South Dakota ancestry and survival/work ethic — both pioneering and Native American; and finally a quest to honor and hold close family.
Over the past several years, I have narrowed my focus to mostly large-scale murals and pottery – the first started as the designer for the Corn Palace, and the latter as part of my pottery business, Dakota Bones. Through much trial and error — which included using fireworks and smoke-bomb coloring — I developed my own brand of horse hair pottery, which I am continually experimenting with. I believe horse hair-fired pottery becomes a holder of memories, provides comfort and connects past to present in an incredibly moving experience.
My work is heavily influenced by my love of the western lifestyle, the land I live on and the family which surrounds me. I am particularly drawn to creating custom memorial pieces for clients. I fire horse hair they provide into a vessel. I also provide a video so as to authenticate the piece.
My horse hair pottery pieces remember the kiss of smoke when horsehairs sizzle and curl on the white-hot surface during the firing process. The combination of smoke and line pattern exudes a unique, almost musical quality, a kind of instinctive rhythm which intrigues me When the piece has cooled, I scrub off excess carbon, then apply wax to protect its surface. The result is a soft glowing organic patina which looks more like wood or marble than clay.
I love my clients, so feel free to make an appointment to visit. Or stop by my booth at the World Arabian Show this February in Scottsdale or the Minneapolis Horse Expo the end of April. Bring your horse hair and order custom memorial pieces on sight for a discount.
25073 404th Avenue, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301, United States
Studio visitation by appointment only.
Looking for the perfect gift for the art lover in your life? Purchase a DakotaBones gift card and let them choose their favorite piece of art to add to their collection!
I look forward to seeing you at the Scottsdale Arabian Show and Shopping Expo February 15th-25th! Booth NH E 57 Corner Booth. Stop by! Bring your hair and place a custom order. Orders placed at the show will receive a free custom fired pendant.