(Photo by Cliff Williams/Times-Georgian)
Robert Roller works on a commissioned horse-hair-raku porcelain piece Thursday in his Bowdon studio. Using horse hair on the heated piece will create an almost black artwork on the porcelain -- that happens when the oil transfers from the hair from a horse’s mane or tail and burns into the pottery at a temperature of about 1,000 degrees. Roller is not only into pottery but also other forms of art from pastels and wood carving to photography. Roller will be at MeccaFest in a couple weeks, as he has for the past several years. Roller also gives private art lessons in his studio. Roller served as Marine in Vietnam earning a Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts during a battle in the Demilitarized Zone in the Quang Tri Province in October of 1966.