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New Horse Hair Raku

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.

Other Stuff:
Horse Hair Raku Video

Comments

  1. WOW! I love the gesture of the horses and the way the horsehair enhances and works.....the sum is definitely greater than the parts.

    No horses and horsehair is not hokey !

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    1. Thanks Suzie, I appreciate the enthusiastic feedback.

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  2. those are gorgeous!! you were very brave to raku pots that had so much detail put into them. so glad they survived.

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    1. Thanks Michele, I'm not sure if I was brave or stupid but since it worked out it was worth the risk.

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  3. Oh these are wonderful Lori, I can imagine horse lovers would want one of these pots. I especially like the second one.

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    1. Thanks Linda, those are actually 2 out of 6, the other's will be posted to my Facebook page:

      https://www.facebook.com/FutureRelicsPottery

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  4. Just gorgeous. The inlay is a great addition.

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    1. Thanks Sue, that's so nice to read.

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  5. These pots are just lovely! I especially like the altered horse pot - absolutely gorgeous...raku is such a variable and difficult way to fire so it makes these doubly amazing.

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    1. Hi Julia, welcome to the blog. I hope you enjoy what you read here. Thanks for the complement, that pot seems to be the favorite, I'll have to make more that are similar to it.

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  6. Really beautiful pieces! One of my favorite bowls that I still have is glazed with Ricks turquoise, what a great glaze when it behaves! I love the horse carving, very appropriate and not cliche at all!

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    1. Thanks Tracey, Ricks can be temperamental but since I'm not reducing it my results are pretty consistent. I'm a little surprised about that ever since I dropped a brick on Rick's foot while we were loading a wood kiln I figured the glaze would take revenge but it hasn't.

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  7. HAHA! I read a description of a technique with that glaze where you give it a little air, lay it in a bed of sawdust while sort of exposing it to some air, then cover it. I'm sure it's all about the timing, but I got it right somehow and I got one of the prettiest results I have ever had while raku firing. I may have to give it another go, it's been awhile since I thought about it!

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