Horsehair firing is a pottery firing technique that involves laying strands of horsehair onto the surface of a hot, freshly fired piece of pottery. The hair instantly burns and leaves behind a unique pattern on the surface of the pottery.
The outcome of horsehair firing can be unpredictable, with the pattern and intensity of the marks depending on factors such as the temperature of the pottery, the thickness of the hair, and the type of combustible material used. The resulting pottery often has a distinctive, organic feel and is highly prized by collectors and art enthusiasts.
Horsehair firing is a unique and specialized technique that requires careful preparation and attention to detail. It is typically used in combination with other firing techniques, such as Raku or pit firing, to create one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery.