Traditional Acoma Horsehair Pottery

Traditional Acoma pottery has been made in the Acoma Pueblo area of New Mexico for centuries. The pottery is easily recognized due to its thin walls and the intricate geometric designs painted on the exteriors. Eric Louis grew up in Acoma Pueblo learning how to make this type of pottery. And today, he adds modern techniques like horsehair and molds to make the traditional pottery something of his own.

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    1. yes, as long as they are not cooled too suddenly. And maybe some kind of temper added to the clay body will help too. Some of the commentator explanations in this video is incorrect. Horse hair raku usually is done around probably less than 1000 Celsius, my guess would be around 600-700 Celsius. if the ceramics is still too hot, the hair just burn off leaving very faint marks, so the clay body still need to be kind of porous to be able to absorb the carbon marks. Hot enough that the pores of the clay are open but not too cool that it does not want to absorb the carbon from the burning hair. You can even do it to a Raku glazed pot.

    2. I guess that he was talking about 1200 degrees Fahrenheit which would be about 650 degrees Celcius. This would also match what @epi cai was writing. In addition, if the pieces are burnished (polished) they shoulddn’t be fired too high in order to keep the burnishing effect.