Feathers and Hair Shield
This is a unique piece of art completed using a raku technique. The pottery was rolled out flat, cut and placed on a convex surface. When the clay reached leather hard stage of drying I polished it with a smooth stone to close the pores and create a smooth surface with a bit of a shine. As soon as the firing in the electric kiln was finished, I removed the piece while it was still red hot. Then the hair was laid on it to add the lines and quickly placed the feathers on it one at a time to let the carbon from the burning feathers adhere to it. All this has to be done while wearing heavy leather gloves to avoid being burned. Each feather has been accented with copper acrylic paint and the front has been sealed with wax. This shield hangs by a waxed cotton twine.
Size: Width - 9.5"