Smoke firing

Smoke firing is a method of changing the colour of bisque fired or glazed ceramics. When I smoke fire my work I usually put my pieces in a galvanised dust bin packed with sawdust and set fire to 

This is a ceramic torso that has been coloured with manganese and copper oxide and then glazed with a transparent glaze and fired to        

This is a torso that has been treated in exactly the same way except it has also been smoke fired. The red colour is copper oxide that turned red because of lack of oxygen in the dustbin.

 I will write a lot more about smoke fring so please check out my blog for new updates on a regular basis! This link will take you to another smoke firing entry.
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About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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  1. Pingback: Anna Keiller smoked ceramic sculptures « The Aesthetic Elevator

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