Ceramic torso sculpture – studio sale!


So I’m moving! And I’m selling selected ceramic pieces at hugely reduced prices!

This is the Lady with a Fern, a ceramic torso measuring about 60cm x 40 cm. It is light – it weighs around 1.5 kilo, and there are hooks at the back for easy hanging on a wall.
I’m offering this up for £190!
Come and pick up from my studio, or we can discuss other transport options.

There are more work to be seen at my website www.annakeiller.com
You’re welcome to contact me; again the details are to be found on my website. I look forward to hearing from you.



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Ceramic Drum workshop

I have been playing with making ceramic Udu drums of late. The Udu originates in Africa and it is traditionally made by women. It has a lovely sound – and every Udu drum sounds different depending on how thick the clay walls are, how tall the chimney and how big a hole you make in the side of the drum.
I sometimes run workshops where I show people how to make them, and here is Liam Genockey, the drummer from Steeleye Span, making his own drum in my studio.

Under construction…

And finished…now it needs to be fired, glazed and perhaps smoke fired.
Do you fancy making your own Udu drum?
I’m still here for the next month or so before I move out of my house and studio. You can contact me via my website.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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New Ceramic Torsos and Angels

I’ve updated my website with a few new ceramic torso and angel sculptures that I made last year. They are the last in the series of torsos based around life casts.
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This ceramic sculpture is made in 3 pieces and there are hooks in the back for easy assembly on a wall. The Angel along with her wings measures approximately 37 x 23”  – the angle of the wings can be adjusted slightly.
And this is Huldra, the secretive femme fatale of Scandinavian forests
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True to form, she has a hollow back. Which makes her easy to hang on your wall.
She measures 18 x 12” and you can find her here.
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I particularly like her tummy; I smoke fired her in my galvanised dustbin, and the copper oxide, which normally is green, turned red in places.
A friend once showed me how to smoke fire ceramic sculptures in a simple dustbin with holes drilled in the sides. You place your sculpture on a bed of dry leaves, grass, sawdust, newspaper – whatever you have to hand –  cover it with the same and set fire to it. Once the flames have taken hold, you replace the lid and allow to quietly smoulder.
I run ceramic workshops from my studio in Hastings – if you are interested in trying your hand at some of the above, you can find out more here.
Thanks for looking!


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Taurus Full Moon, ceramic plaque

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Ceramic plaque 22 x 18 cm, smoke fired.

I’ve been out moon gazing – how can you not during these heady spring months!
I like to sit in my garden in the company of Boris the Bat, a single bat that has been around for years. At least I think it is the same guy – how long do they live, bats?
Anyway, we were both appreciating the night but perhaps for different reasons.
And this giant moon sailed across the sea.
And this is what she looked like in April. Full moon in Taurus.




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Ceramic sculpture news

So I have been off air for quite some time. Sorry!

I have been having this major argument with myself, mainly, about how to deal with the concept of ‘art’ and ‘creativity’…and how/why equate art and creativity with money, marketing and a career.

My instinct tells me that all these creative things which are now multi-billion industries; music, cooking, baking, fashion, sex, gardening, writing, painting and sculpting – to name but a few – should not be subject to censorship, thought police or market forces.
I have for the longest time struggled to align myself to what I consider to be a toxic patriarchal capitalist system set up to control and make money out of what belongs to us all naturally.
So I talked myself into a corner, big time. Closed down the studio, put my house up for sale and decided that the best thing to do was probably to move to Costa Rica, join a permaculture co-operative and grow mangoes. And do Kundalini Yoga on the beach every morning. Seriously. I might still do that.
But then this goddess of a woman called me a month or two ago and asked me to create a sculpture of her and her little baby – still inside the tummy. She had seen my work somewhere and felt that I could somehow explain/interpret/capture her own process of creating this child – she wanted a lasting memory of her pregnant body.
I, of course, said no. My studio is closed down and I am prepping Mango cultivation.

But she insisted. We met up and she explained her situation and I fell in love. With her, with the baby, with her partner and with the entire situation they had created around this little child.
Then, almost at the same time, several different people contacted me for pottery lessons. And since I was back in the studio anyway…well.
And I began to feel that what I have to offer is of value to people. In a practical sense. At least sometimes.
So until the house is sold and I move to Costa Rica…or wherever… I am happily back in my studio.
So come on in. Just do not call me an artist.



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There are still a few months until I close down the studio for good.

If you would like to contact me regarding workshops or for purchasing some of my sculptures, then I would like to hear from you!

Until then – thank you for reading this blog and for all your support!

And…one final time; this is a link to my website


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Ceramic workshops in Hastings

I run ceramic workshops from my studio in Hastings. A ceramic workshop session is a great Christmas present for yourself or someone else. The workshops are mainly run on a one on one or a one on two basis. This way everyone has a chance to develop their own interests and get exactly what they need from the sessions. Be it a unique christening bowl for their grandson’s christening, a sculpture, a ceramic plaque; there are many occasions when only something very personal and unique will do.

workshop Guillaume and Emilie blogbut sometimes I will run a workshop for hen-parties or other big groups. I can cater for up to eight people.
My studio is situated on a quiet road overlooking the Old Town and the sea. There is plenty of free parking on the road outside.

You can read more about the options on my website – this link will take you there. http://annakeiller.com/workshops/
I look forward to hearing from you.


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Ceramic Plaque


‘Blowing the Storm Clouds West’ Ceramic plaque 19cm x 22cm. Hooks at the back for easy hanging.

And this is a song to go with it; Tuuli (the Wind) by Hedningarna




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Night of fire and smoke…

so this time I trashed my ceramic tiles…

A smoke firing usually takes about 24 hours from start to finish. Not all the ceramic plaques made it, but I think I can work with these two;


‘Whistling for Snow’ This ceramic plaque measures 23 cm x 20 cm. I was experimenting with salt and fertilizer bombs…the snowflakes are actually exploding bits of Growmore. Hah. Her hair is glazed with Botz brush-on glaze, but the rest of the colours in this piece come from metal oxides, smoke, salt and er, Growmore.

‘Blowing the clouds west’ There is a certain theme developing here, I know.
I have used a tiny bit of transparent glaze along with the copper oxide on the vegetation, but the rest of the colours are copper, manganese and red iron oxide plus smoke…
The plaques are hung from a wire at the back.
If you like to know more about my smoke firing technique, you are welcome to join me on a workshop. Here is a link to how that would work. http://annakeiller.com/workshops/

To see more of my work, please go to my website www.annakeiller.com

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Home made beauty products

So  I had a bit of a surprise when I went to my local Boots yesterday and saw a natty little product costing £15 containing coffee grounds, salt and coconut oil – it is sold as a ‘luxury’ body scrub. Looking online later, I found that there are a lot of posh companies selling old, used coffee grounds for an awful lot of money.
In Sweden we talk about flogging tinned porridge.
Thing is, coffee contains a lot of chemicals (not least caffeine) that are really good for your skin, and if you mix it with coconut oil, you have the perfect product.
The coffee grounds I use are pretty coarse, which is fine for the body, but if you want to sort puffy eyes, for instance, you need to speak to the nice people down at Costa & Co and see if you can lay your hands on their used espresso grounds. Espresso is a lot smoother than your average cafetiere ground coffee.
So, the recipe is; get your coffee grounds, mix them with coconut oil, salt and perhaps sugar and use it as a scrub in the shower.It is messy, and the coffee might well stain your tub unless you wash it off, pronto.

2 dl used coffee grounds
2 table spoons coconut oil ( Aldi sell jars of organic coconut oil for less than £3)
If you fancy, you can add salt or sugar to the mix. I would use a t-spoon or two to this mix.

Get wet, use the scrub, try to leave it on the skin for a few minutes while you wash your hair.

I also like to make my own hand cream. You will need.

the juice of one lemon.
almond, coconut or olive oil
a small amount of beeswax
cocoa butter (optional)
a few drops of essential oil – I like to use lavender, lemon or frankincense oil

Melt a 2 cm x 2 cm square of beeswax (and 1 teaspoon of the cocoa butter, if using) in a small saucepan on a very low heat.
Add the oil – you will need a bit more oil than lemon juice. Say you get 1 dl lemon juice from your lemon – you then need 1 dl oil + 1/2 dl . Whisk the melted beeswax and the oil together.
Then add your lemon juice and whisk the cream together. Remove from heat, and keep whisking – at this point your aim is to keep the cream from separating.
You can place the saucepan in a bowl of cold water as you whisk- this speeds up the process.
You should get a smooth yellow-ish product. If it didn’t turn out that way, then return to the saucepan and reheat it very slowly while whisking. If the cream is still separating, you’ll need to add more oil.
My hands get constantly cracked by the clay I use and this cream is the only thing that sorts them. Great for my feet, too. This cream is very greasy, so a little goes a long way.
Pour the cream into a clean empty jam jar. It will last for a few weeks before the lemon juice goes mouldy. You could leave it in the fridge – but hey. Just use it up quickly.







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