Horsehair Raku

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Hand built with coils of clay, the pot is burnished with a stone, fired at a low temperature (1700 degrees) in an electric kiln. It is then fired in a raku kiln to 1,000 degrees. Horsetail hair is then applied to the hot pot. The strands of hair burn up but leave a residual black line. Since this pot is fired at such a low temperature it is not watertight.

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Dino’s Memory Pots

When my friend Dino was going through chemotherapy in 2011 he asked if his hair could be used to make a hair raku pot. After his passing I made four pots, one for his wife and each of his three young sons. Together they each combined strands of their own hair with their father’s to create these lasting memorial pots.