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Post  Ev on Fri 20 Mar - 19:03

I will be taking part in a Horse-Hair firing within the next few weeks.
This is where pieces are made with white clay and burnished to give them a shiny surface.
The pieces are fired to a bisque temperature first ..... around 950' to 1000' -
then fired again in a raku kiln to around 780' - quickly removed from the kiln and while very hot - horse tail hair is placed on the piece. This leaves a squiggly black line mark. The American Indians use this method of decoration and it is quite intriguing.
This is totally experimental as none of our pottery group has ever done anything like it.
It's an exciting adventure..... I have made a stylized polar bear, a kiwi and a Manaia.
I will post the results after the firing Very Happy


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Post  HeatherT on Fri 20 Mar - 19:17

Sounds very interesting Ev!! Look forward to seeing the results.
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Post  TonyK on Fri 20 Mar - 20:17

Yikes! Who gets to hold the horse still while you're doing the tail burning? And what does the SPCA say about the practice?
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Post  Ev on Fri 20 Mar - 20:51

Tee hee heeeeee
Luckily it's that time of the year for trimming horse tails Very Happy
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Post  Ev on Wed 1 Apr - 15:46

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What a fabulous fun easy day .... we learnt heaps but everyone was happy with the results.
There was some short mane hair as well and this turned out far more squiggly than the tail hair.
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Post  TonyK on Wed 1 Apr - 16:22

That's a stunning effect Ev.
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Post  Ev on Wed 1 Apr - 16:30

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Post  HeatherT on Wed 1 Apr - 18:13

Ev you are so talented...we should have a section here for you. Honestly!
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