David Gordon

Cloudcroft, NM


Removed from the kiln at 1025 degrees F, horsetail hair, sawdust and sugar are applied and leave carbon trails in a unique, random manner. Each piece is then sprayed with an iron solution and hand burnished to a satin sheen.


I have been creating ceramic forms and glazes for the past 15 years. Prior to this, I was a pottery collector and “appreciator” for many years. A 25-year career as teacher and school administrator provided sufficient stress to encourage me to take my first pottery class and, since that time, I have developed a deep connection with this medium.

Since retirement a few years ago, it has been by great good fortune to work daily with this craft and see it evolve into a cohesive approach that includes both functional and decorative work. The approach I use reflects my attraction to surface treatments that are unique and unpredictable. Horsehair pottery certainly embodies these qualities. The forms I use are usually classical or alterations of classical shapes.