Horse Hair Ceramics

Horsehair ceramics
Horsehair ceramics is a special technique
that creates fine lines by burning in the hair from the tail.
The horsehair is applied by hand and as the hair is consumed
by the fire it twists and turns, each piece becoming an original
never to be duplicated again.
Due to its porous nature horsehair vases cannot hold water
and should be treated as fine art and kept out of direct sunlight.

As seen on RTE Craft Master ian was the first to introduce this technique to Ireland and showcase.

Ian Carty makes ceramics destined mainly for low temperature firing techniques, using glazes pushed to the edge ian revels in collaborations with forces that are never entirely under his control.
Everyone of Ian’s Dragons glaze pieces is a one of a kind work of art with enchanting surface texture, the technique Ian uses is often considered to be a glaze defect that should be avoided, but Ian has learned to use this so-called defect very effectively as an intentional decorative element, we should never seek perfection in a piece, just like life nothing is ever perfect, if everything was perfect we could never progress or change, it is our flaws and mistakes that make us stronger, instead we should appreciate the perfections in our quest for the perfect imperfection.

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