I made horsehair box sets in October and November 2013 for the
Mino International Ceramics Competition for 2014. I didn’t publish those boxes because it takes a while to go through the process of the competition. And of course I first didn’t know if they were going to choose a composition and then secondly how far this would make it because there are 3 rounds. It is a long wait but it was worth it. On July 26, 2014 they notified me that the “Duo Ferric Horsehair Box set” had won the Honorable Mention Award and will be part of the 100 artists exhibition at the Mino Ceramics Museum in Japan.
“Trio White Horsehair Boxes”.
“Trio White Horsehair Boxes with fumed* black lids”.
“Sakura White Horsehair Box with black glazed lid”.
“Quintet Ferric Horsehair Boxes with fumed* black lids”.
“Trio Ferric Horsehair Boxes with fumed* black lids”.
*Fumed: I wrap one bisque-fired lid in heavy aluminum foil filled with sawdust. I put this on the upper shelf in the kiln, turn on the fast mode and leave the lid a little bit open. The sawdust wants to burn. There is not enough oxygen to develop flames and it will only smoke. This stays in the aluminum foil and goes into the lid and colors it black. The black is carbon. I take the package out around 1000F. If higher the carbon will be burned out and the lid will be white again. It is an amazing process. The inside of the kiln will also turn black a little bit but it will burn all out at high temperature.