Horse Hair

On a clear cold Saturday morning I put a burnished porcelain plate without glaze on it into a kiln until it was very hot and I used tongs to pull it out of the kiln and set it on a piece of kiln shelf on the ground outside. As the plate pinged in the cold air I laid strands of horse hair (compliments of a friend’s horse’s tail) across it and watched them curl up and burn patterns into the clay. Individual hairs burned squiggly black lines into the clay and bunches of hairs burned in smoky markings. This was the first time I’d tried this horse hair technique that I’d read about in the magazine Clay Times and I can’t wait to try it again.

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