Carolyn Duke

Horsehair & Barrel Fired

Firing a pot in its basic form with no glaze, but the wonder of the elements of earth, wind, fire, water to leave markings on clay, is what excites me about barrel firing. The symbiosis of what happens between earth and fire is very satisfying.

Horsehair firing is another method I enjoy.  The vessel is pulled from the kiln at 1600 degrees and strands of horsehair are draped across the piece, leaving the carbon marking from where contact was made with the pot.

BARREL FIRED No.1
BARREL FIRED No.1
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BARREL FIRED No.7
BARREL FIRED No.7
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BARREL FIRED No.2
BARREL FIRED No.2
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BARREL FIRED No.8
BARREL FIRED No.8
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BARREL FIRED No.3
BARREL FIRED No.3
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BARREL FIRED No.4
BARREL FIRED No.4
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BARREL FIRED No.9
BARREL FIRED No.9
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BARREL FIRED No.10
BARREL FIRED No.10
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BARREL FIRED No.6
BARREL FIRED No.6
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Both of these firing methods are considered low-fired pottery.  They will not hold water.                       Happy to provide prices and dimensions upon request.