52-Week Project, Art, Creativity, Mystery, Photography

What Is It?!? – Week 18/52

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your 18th (!) weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture is ready for your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?


What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 17/52

Fabio started the guessing game, “Schelley, is it a cork?” Not a cork. Cee mused, “No clue. I’ll have tot put on my thinking cap. Maybe part of a tattoo.” Not part of a tattoo, but I can see that. Sarah said, “Looks like someone went a bit mad with some eyeliner on the back of their hand!!!” LOL! Not eyeliner gone mad. “Is it a piece of decorated pottery?” Ding ding ding! Yes, it is a piece of decorated pottery. Do you know what in particular made the decoration? “Yay me … I suspect it was string dipped in paint!” Not a string dipped in paint. “Was it something simple like a felt tipped pen?” Not simple. So what was it?

What you saw was a piece of horsehair pottery. This technique, created by Native Americans, was told to have happened when a Pueblo woman’s hair brushed against the very hot pottery just out of the kiln. What resulted was a beautiful pattern. She played with applying different items, and stumbled upon horsehair creating the nicest effect. It is indeed beautiful!


26 thoughts on “What Is It?!? – Week 18/52”

  1. Great explanation and presentation, as always! My friend is so good with her tricks, but I know that she has a big heart! Thanks so much, Schelley! 🙂


            1. This is going to be some American thing that we don’t have over here isn’t it! Is it some sort of waterproof covering that you throw over furniture?


  2. Is it a hat? Woven from straw or something similar? Well, I wasn’t far off when I thought of string painting! I did try searching the net for similar images but I have to admit that I never thought about Native American crafts.


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