Horse Hair Process
Pieces are taken from the kiln at 1050° F. I immediately begin to lay long pieces of horse hair on the pot, where the heat starts to burn them at once, twisting and moving as they go. You are left with a striking piece with dark black lines from the hair and wonderful gradiations of grays from the resulting smoke.
Imagine opening a kiln at 1800° F. Next, removing an incandescent orb with long tongs and carrying it to your reduction container, usually a metal trash can filled with combustible material — newspaper, wood shavings and straw. These materials ignite immediately from the intense heat of the piece, sending flames upward. Clamp a lid on the can and pray.
When the container is opened, any bare clay will be jet black and the glaze will be infused with black lines in the characteristic crazing of raku glaze.