Smoke firing;Fire and Earth

I spent the weekend smoke firing, or barrelling my ceramic torsos.smoke-firing-blg-1

This is a bisque fired and glazed torso. smoke-firing-blg-alt-2                               

Which I placed in a galvanized dustbin and covered with dry leaves, straw and sawdust. You can see some of my dead headed hydrangeas in there, too!smf-blog-3                                                     

Then comes the fun bit!smoke-fi-blog-4

And the next morning the bins are cool enough to open…smoke-fir-blog-deborah-5

Two very differnt creatures emerge…


And this is one of the torsos, cleaned up and ready to go. I am still shocked by its transformation. 

If you like to join a smoke firing workshop, please contact me via my website or email me.

To see earlier posts on life casting and clay workshops please scroll down the page.






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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6 Responses to Smoke firing;Fire and Earth

  1. pcNielsen says:

    Where did that red coloring come from???


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  3. Jennifer says:

    was the peice glaze fired before you barreled? if not then where did the sheen come from? are u actually barrel firing hot enough to flux glaze??!!! Cause that would be awesome. and how did you apply the copper oxide? as a wash or did you just sprinkle it on the peice once it was in the barrel? sorry about all the questions. I do this kind of firing a lot but I dont get a shiny finish like that. Thanks!


    • annakeiller says:

      I glazed the torso in a conventional way before smoke firing it. You get a lot of losses this way – stuff break and crack – but when it works it’s worth the losses.


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