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Horsehair Pottery

Pottery made from a white stoneware clay that has been bisque fired to a lower than usual temperature, leaving the fired clay body quite porous, enabling it to absorb the carbon from burning hair. Individual strands of horsehair, preferably from the tail, are laid against the hot surface. An ash forms and a small deposit of carbon and smoke is absorbed into the clay surface, leaving a permanent trace of the horsehair.

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