Fire and Earth, part two.

With smoke firing you never know what end result you are going to get.smoke-dustbins-blog

There are so many variables. For example, saw dust burns a lot slower than wood shavings. It matters what size holes you have drilled in the side of your smoke chamber ( in my case, dustbin).smoke-fir-torso-blog

This torsosmoke-firing-blog-torso-2

was glazed with the same glaze and oxides as this one…smoke-fire-blog-61

and this one. The one difference is the amount of soot I added to the saw dust and the way I packed the wood shavings and saw dust around the torso. I have found that copper oxide will turn bright red under very strong reduction so I try to starve the atmosphere inside the smoke chambers of oxygen. To learn more about smoke firing, and  get a chance to experiment and play, you are welcome to join my ceramic and smokefiring workshops in Hastings.

Please scroll down the page to see more posts on smoke firing, body casting and other ceramic techniques.


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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2 Responses to Fire and Earth, part two.

  1. pcNielsen says:

    Would love to join you but, ya know, I live in the States. Guess I’ll just have to strike out on my own and mess around, hoping for those happy ceramic accidents!


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