I've seen feathers burned onto pots just like horse hair and thought I'd give it a try myself. This was just a test so I grabbed a small pot of the bisque shelf and gave it a try.
I used pigeon feathers because that is what I had. While taking a smoke break at work I noticed a bunch of feathers in the parking lot so I snatched them up and took them home to burn.
This is a white raku clay body that was not burnished. I'd say my test was successful so I guess I'll start collecting feathers.
A simple but elegant terra cotta wine chiller. This is not a cooler that you put a bottle in and pack with ice. This type of chiller is soaked in water for 10-15 minutes, drained, and placed in the refrigerator for one hour prior to use.
Just a simple pattern that I impressed using the pointy end of a can opener. The patterned part of the chiller was highlighted with a red iron wash which I applied with a brush and then wiped off with a damp sponge.
I made a saucer for the chiller and glazed the inside with a clear glaze just to protect polished table surfaces from condensation just in case the pot ever does sweat.
This is my latest horse hair pot. I think it is an awesome burn. This vase was hand burnished with a metal spoon when it was leather hard. Burnishing with the spoon produces a great pot but it is very time consuming. I bet I have two hours into this 10-inch tall vase.
Took my first clay classes at Bemidji State University in 1989. In 2002, after a long break, I started more pottery classes at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.
I do not have one area of interest, but that isn't to say I am unfocused. I enjoy making everything from coffee mugs to trompe l' oeil. I work with highfire stoneware, and low fire earthenware. I'm just clay crazy.