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Horsehair with Red and White Terra Sigilata

Ceramic Vessel

Created by Frank Nemick
A thrown clay vessel fired in the raku method. The distinctive patterning is indicative of the horsehair technique. At about 1250 degrees, hair from a horse's tail was applied by hand to the surface of this piece. The hair immediately burns, twisting and crinkling as it does so. The pattern left behind is permanent. The piece has several layers of terra sigilata which are all hand polished, giving the vessel a nice sheen.

There are no waxes or lacquers applied to the surface. Raku is not suitable for liquids. The clay surface should be handled with clean dry hands to avoid staining the surface.

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