The surface of the pot is polished, using a hard smooth surface (we used a metal tea spoon), while it still is in a leathery state before firing. After firing the surface is extremely shiny.
Unglazed prepared bisque ware is heated using raku kilns, then removed from the kiln with metal raku tools, while still extremely hot.
The decorating is performed with the ware temperature between 500° and 700°.
Lower temperatures do not effectively combust the horse hair or other materials, while higher temperatures cause the carbon makings burn off after a few seconds leaving no lasting decorative trace.
The pots are then carefully removed, one at a time and the horsehair and feathers are applied to the extremely hot pot. Instantly the hair starts to vaporize on the surface of the pot painting it's image on the pot, leaving behind carbon black lines. Never are two piece alike.
Description and Concept:
Material: White chamotte clay, burnished and no glaze Size: 90mm x 160mm h. Process: Hand Crafted one by one.