Ceramic Owls

Little owls

I’m sitting in my garden under a huge full moon listening to Tawny owls. They are so loud and there are so many of them and I wonder what they are up to.
The night is warm despite it being late autumn, and I’m drinking a glass of wine. I’m thinking about Marija Gimbutas books on archeomythology and how she found that owls were already during paleolithic times considered to be symbols of death and regeneration. The Great Goddess would often be depicted as an owl or a vulture. I’m thinking that someone living 30.000 years ago would  have been sitting in the warm autumn night just like me;  looking up at the moon, sipping wine, listening to the Owls and feeling slightly spooked.

The picture shows a gang of Little Owls made of clay and just about to go into the kiln. I don’t think they are spooky but they certainly have an attitude. I am not sure how to glaze them yet, but I think they will be smoke fired just like my Fat Birds.


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 Ceramic Owls

  1. teri nelson says:

    wonderful! so sweet. i love owls and just made some art pieces for my show in a few weeks. Can’t wait to see these owls glazed… or?


  2. faith nolton says:

    Oh, the sound of those owls! It fills the valley here in Wales sometimes….. a whole different layer of reality. Your owls certainly have attitude Anna – if they had the right holes put in I guess you could blow into them and sound your own hoot and maybe call to a beautiful dream or two. xx Faith


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