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Re: horsehair pottery

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mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Mar 09 2005 - 06:52:23 PST


I've never attempted it myself, but I know a woman who does use horsehair
on her pottery. Get this: she took her very first pottery class, on a
whim, at a community college just two years ago. She has been selling her
work to galleries as fast as she can make it for over a year! She is as
amazed at her success as I am; she's just one of these naturally gifted
people.

She orders cleaned horsehair. She uses oxides and burnishing to treat the
surfaces of her pots, then presses individual strands into the clay (I
believe it's leatherhard or nearly so at this stage). When she fires it,
the horsehair burns off and leaves either a well-defined line or a blurred
one, sometimes some smudgy, smokey patches.

I will probably see her at a crafts fair here in Tucson in a couple weeks.
 I'll ask her for more details if you want it.

Maggie

> DOes anyone have any experince with the process of horsehair and
> ceramics? Any helpful hints? Thanks!
>

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