Horsehair Pottery

We finally got a chance to try some horsehair pottery this weekend.  What fun!

Our friend and neighbor, Rhonda, provided us with horsehair and goose feathers.  Yes, feathers also are great for this process.  The unglazed pots were heated to around 1200 degrees, then removed from the kiln and placed on a turntable.  Here, feathers and strands of horsehair were placed on the pots where they quickly burned away, leaving sooty black, beautiful patterns.

See the neat feather pattern left on this pot?

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The horsehair shrivels and leaves all sorts of squiggles and lines.

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Now I must make more pots so we can try this again!

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