Horse hair pottery
Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:44 PM
I also saw some where feathers were used the same way as horsehair. Has anyone else tried this and if so, do you just lay the feather on the hot pot? Can any kind of feather be used?
Does anyone know if any other kind of hair works like the horsehair? I tried some what I thought was elephant hair, but it just melted like plastic. I suspect it was plastic and I got gyped buying fake elephant hair bracelets in S. Africa. I now have some real elephant hair and if it works, I will tell you!
Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:46 PM
I have used feathers, and they make a nice mark. Hold the feather shaft with a pair of medical clamps (hemostats?), and just rock the feather on the surface; not back and forth, just from one end to the other. We have used all kinds of feathers, even those red, blue, green ones sold in little packets at Hobby Lobby and WalMart. The only ones that I didn't like were big feathers. They just didn't make a good mark.
We used horsehairs, which you know about, goat hairs, which worked nicely too, and hair from the heads of my grandkids. The hair from the grandkids was too fine, it didn't make a very good mark. I do wish it had worked better.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 02:57 AM
I havnt done horse hair work but have done a lot of naked raku, which typically has black carbon marks on a white background (when using white raku clay).
As comments the clay body colour can make a difference.
But when I want a coloured background I stain my terra sig with body stains and burnish that on at leather hard. When my 'waste slip/glaze' are chipped up I end up with colour of choice + carbon marks. Lots of fun and the same technique will work for horse hair, I've seen others do it.
These pics are my naked raku versions of a coloured background.
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Posted 01 December 2011 - 07:23 AM
I have found duck or turkey feathers to work best. Duck feathers have more oil and really give a great black carbonization.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 02:03 PM
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Posted 01 December 2011 - 07:59 PM
Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:46 PM
Feathers have been used for centuries by leaving designs on hot pots..... There are historical reports from I think British 1700's about Cherokee women decorating
their pottery by drawing designs as the pots were cooling on the coals. I was told that carbon is burned off between 700 and 800 degrees and the carbon designs
are left on the pottery just below those temps. There is a short opportunity for decorating with feathers, about 10 minutes over an open fire.... but if you don't like
the results, just put enough wood over the vessel to burn off any carbon designs you don't like. Decorating with carbon from feathers is one way in over 36 methods
used by indiginous tribes over the world and throughout history. (in college I had to research and make an example of each.)
The only horse hair pottery I ever went to was at the Univ of Indiana around 1998. For some reason the demonstration was held in an enclosed shed. The stench of the burning
horse hair was enough to gag a maggot and seeped into everyones clothes to remind us of the demonstration for hours after. It isn't for me.
Try different types and see what influences your likes the most. Listen to the experts.
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