Smoke firing

blog smoke f purpleI am really interested in how to achieve different colours when  smoke firing, or barrelling.
Smoke firing is such a random process with a lot of variables; wind force, what materials you burn, out side temperatures.
I am very pleased with the purple effect on these Fat birds

And here are a few more – I have used manganese, copper and red iron oxides. To see more blogs about smoke firing, life casting, work shops and other stories please scroll down the page…and to see my website please go to


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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