My work in sculptural ceramics, uses clean shapes, thrown and is burnished. The clay bodies I use are Standard 105 (white) and Starworks Ceramics, North Carolina Okeewemee Fine (pink). The pieces are gold fired and horsehair reduced. The carbon from the hair is embedded into the burnished layers of the clay, resulting in translucent planes of line. Each beloved horse that was groomed for the hair, have their own individual oils. The oils add a color to the rising smoke pattern, imbedded into the polished clay. I love the contrast of the meticulous building of the piece, then subjecting it to a fast, intense thermal shock event of the firing.