|pot smoked with feathers horsehair and dried orange peel.|
Yesterday, Edge demonstrated his horsehair and feather technique. He heats the pots to 1250F and pulls the out one at at time not with tongs but fiberfax pads. Edge had brought his small kiln with a digital pyrometer which was not working so the pots were not heated as accurately in the Wildacres kiln as his are at home Some sugar gets thrown on the inside so it isn’t stark white inside the pot. He uses the pads to apply dried orange peel which leaves white spots with smoky halos.
|sprinkling on sugar or orange peel|
Edge’s clay is a custom body that is smooth yet thermal shock resistant. I made pots out of white earthenware which were OK for the slow cooling sager but is expected to crack if used for this quick cool process. Edge bisque fires to maybe cone 09 and we all bisqued our pots to the 05 or 04 usually used. It made a difference in the results on the sager firings for sure. I haven’t decided whether I should sacrifice one of my remaining pots yet. Other students have been using his inspiration to do horsehair in the traditional Wildacres manner which is more trial and error testing hairs until they are cool enough to leave a mark. I think the crack rate has been pretty high.