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Horse Hair pottery

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If you are not familiar with horse hair, read on for the whole process. A green piece, dry but unfired is sanded and then burnished. Burnishing involves applying baby oil and then rubbing a high shine with a piece of polished agate. Then is is low fired (bisqued). The bisqued piece is put into a gas fired kiln and heated to about 1200 degres. At this point it is carefully removed from the kiln and horse hair applied. There is about a 45 second window of opportunity here before the pot cools too much. This is also where a lot of pots crack from the thermal shock. Some, I apply a spritz of ferric chloride to for some color, and some I leave white. This one received the ferric. The last step is to clean and polish with wax to seal and protect it. As withh all raku, this piece is ecorative only and should not hold any liquids. This piece is a little over 7 inches in height.

Materials Used

clay, horse hair, ferric chloride

Product Attributes

Color: Yellow