Autumn mist and ferns – part four; the bronze age settlement

Torso with fern blog2I am still living and dreaming ferns and clay.
While walking across the East Hill in lemon sunlight, I imagine a bronze age settlement alive with people and horses. A woman from the camp walks towards me across the bracken. Her shape is dark against the sun but I know she is smiling.
She raises her hand and a flock of crows fly overhead, cawing. I look up at them, momentarily distracted, and when my gaze returns to the path, she is gone.
When I got home I made a ceramic torso with a fern from the hills. I daubed a thin coat of manganese oxide on her body and made the fern bright green using copper oxide and transparent glaze. The size is 50cm x 35 cm and she is made to hang on the wall. I have made the torso look as though it has been recently unearthed from some archaeological dig with holes and cracks incorporated in the design.


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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3 Responses to Autumn mist and ferns – part four; the bronze age settlement

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  2. Ian says:

    Hi, Anna

    Lovely. I first saw that green bronze effect on a statue on display at a Mall Galleries exhibition a few months ago: a dancer with her oufit shown in green. It looked terrific there and here too. I’m surprised more sculptors don’t use it. Maybe the chemical process is a bit daunting.


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