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Horsehair Raku

Horsehair Raku is not glazed.  Instead, when it is bone dry, the piece is coated several times in a very fine liquid clay called terra sigillata.

The color on the pots comes from colorants that are added to the terra sigillata.  This coating is burnished to a shine after each application.

After bisque firing, the piece is fired as for glazed Raku, but instead of being placed in the combustion chamber, it is left out in the open air.  Individual strands of horse tail hair are applied to the hot pot.  As the pot begins to cool, there is a very short window of time (about 30-45 seconds) that the pot will accept the hair and produce the desired effect, so timing is crucial.  The heat from the pot burns the hair, which creates the squiggles and smoke marks.  I also apply feathers to the hot pots and sprinkle sugar for some wonderful effects.  It is quick, hot work, but using this incredible post-firing decorating technique, no two horsehair pieces are ever alike!

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Three Trees

Three Trees

This raku pot is coated with two colors of terra sig to give it a landscaped look.  Horsehair and sugar are also applied to the pot, along with three feathers which resemble trees on the finished piece.  A driftwood handle, wrapped in dyed raffia and affixed with glass beads completes the lid.

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Landscape Horsehair Pot

Landscape Horsehair Pot

This pot has two colors of terra sig applied and burnished to give it the blue and green color.  Horsehair, feathers and sugar were applied after removing from the kiln.  The lid has a piece of driftwood, wrapped with dyed raffia and adorned with glass beads.

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Running Free

Running Free

This pot has green and blue colored terra sigilatta with two horses painted on also.  It has burnt horsehair, feathers and sugar.  A found wooden handle woven with raffia and glass beads completes the piece.

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Horsehair Landscape Plate

Horsehair Landscape Plate

This plate has various colors of terra sigilatta, painted in a landscape scene.  Horsehair, feathers and sugar are used to decorate the hot plate when it comes out of the kiln.  It is hot work and the results are unpredictable and earthy.

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White Horsehair Pot

White Horsehair Pot

White, lidded horsehair pot with wooden handle.

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Blue Horsehair Pot

Blue Horsehair Pot

Blue, lidded horsehair pot with found wooden handle.

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Taupe Horsehair Vase

Taupe Horsehair Vase

This raku pot is coated with a taupe colored terra sig and burnished to bring out a shine.  After removing from the kiln, horsehair is placed on the pot.  Driftwood is attached to the lid and dyed raffia is wrapped around it and glass beads are attached.

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Raku 2

Raku 2

More info on Raku.

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Landscape Horsehair Pot

Landscape Horsehair Pot

Horsehair raku pot with two colors of terra sig, burnished to a shine.

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