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Making Horsehair Pottery

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Native American potter Eric Louis combines traditional and modern techniques in his horsehair pottery. Like his mother and grandmother before him, he collects local clay and pottery shards to make the slip that forms his pieces. After molding and an initial firing in a kiln, he uses wood chips to keep the pottery hot while he applies horsehair. The hair ignites and carbonizes, leaving behind distinctive patterns in the clay that create a backdrop for his etchings. See more of his finished work here. (Image and video credit: Insider)

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