Horsehair and Feathers Shield
The Horsehair and Feathers Shield is cut from a slab of raku clay and placed on a curved surface to dry to leather hard stage. At that time, the surface is hand burnished with a flat stone to make it smooth so it will accept the shape of the feathers and hair. It is then fired and when the kiln has reached about 1800 degrees, the shield is removed while still red hot and the feathers are carefully placed on the surface so as to burn the image into the pottery. Since there is no control on how the hair looks after applied, it is dropped on the piece and allowed to burn as it lays. After the shield has cooled and has been hand polished with a wax sealer, I add copper acrylic details. This shield will hang on the wall or display nicely in an easel.
Materials: Raku clay, horsehair, chicken feathers, wax sealer
Size: 9" x .75"