On Sunday I did a raku firing, the weather was perfect before the rain. I was a little concerned about this one because I had carved all of the pieces and I didn't know how that would turn out. Raku is always a bit of a crap shoot but I didn't want all of these pots to break, or amy of them actually, after I had spent the time carving and inlaying the slip. I got lucky, none of them broke. I'm really pleased with the way they turned out.
Mishima Horse Hair Raku
It seems appropriate to carve horse into horse hair raku but it also seems a little cliche, if that can be possible with mishima on horse hair pots. I've also started carving some birds of prey so those may be on the next series.
Altered Horse Hair Raku Pot
This is one of my favorites, it was thrown then altered. While it was still green and a bit damp I applied the tera sigillata then burnished the piece, after that I carved the horse and inlayed the black slip. It was bisque fired then I glazed the inside with Rick's Turquoise raku glaze. Then I fired it in the raku kiln, removed it from the kiln and immediately burned the horse hair onto the pot. You can click the link below to see how the horse hair is applied.
You can understand why I didn't want this to break.