Pet Hair Pottery

American Made Since 2009

Carol Bell

Noblesville, Indiana
"For Every Joy That Passes, Something Beautiful Remains" Celebrate or commemorate your pet with a one-of-a-kind Keepsake using YOUR PET'S hair!

Tell us about your business.

Pet Hair Pottery started while I was making Horse Hair pottery for a local equine assisted therapeutic riding center for disabled children. Horse, cat, dog, even bird owners started asking me if I could make custom pieces with hair they kept from their deceased pets. Soon I was receiving calls & orders from pet owners across the country wanting keepsakes for their family or friends. Customers begin by collecting pet hair, completing the order form & mailing it to me. Then in my studio, I hand fire each piece to over 1,000+ degrees in my kiln, quickly remove it from the heat, & gently apply the pet’s hair on to the piece. The hair immediately burns leaving deposits of carbon & smoke in the clay, creating a dramatic, one-of-a-kind keepsake & unique piece of art. Each piece is treated as a "Gift”, artfully wrapped, along with a handwritten note & a packet of "Forget Me Not" flowers seeds. Word of mouth, art fairs, local TV & print media help to promote my business to pet owners.

What makes your business stand out?

As an artist & pet owner of many rescued animals, I, along with millions of pet owners, believe that "Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever". Pet owners have a unique & special bond with their furred or feathered family members & my Pet Hair Pottery products create an artful keepsake that helps to keep their pet's spirit ever present & provides a unique, recognizable remembrance of their pet. Their keepsake serves as a daily reminder of the love & the special bond between them & their pet. Whether the keepsake is of a young or old pet, or one that has passed on; and whether the keepsake is in the form of a wearable ceramic necklace, or an urn serving as the final resting place for their pet, customers have told me through numerous & frequently tearful testimonials, as featured on my website, that their Pet Hair Pottery keepsake serves as a real "touchstone" for them. I feel it is an honor to provide this service for my fellow pet owners.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Build relationships first; conduct business second. AND, under-promise, over-deliver!

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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