Horse Hair Pottery for Horse Lovers
Janet uses several clay colors including white, pink and brown for her pottery. After the initial bisque firing, each handmade, wheel thrown piece is fired again to approximately 1300 degrees Fahrenheit. The pot is removed from the kiln with long tongs and placed on a bed of saw dust to carbonize the base of the pot.
Individual strands of horse hair are then placed in horizontal, diagonal, or vertical patterns against the hot surface of the ceramic piece. The horse hair burns, shrivels up and leaves a permanent imprint of the horsehair on the pot.
"Each of Janet's horsehair pots is a conversation piece. An acquaintance of mine, looking at an array of fine pots by a variety of potters exclaimed not long ago, "Who did that one? It's stunning!" The horsehair pot that had drawn her attention was Janet's".
- John B
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