Stories about Ferns and House Gods

blog tree fernThis was my glorious tree fern in the spring..I love the spirals and the exuberance. fern fox blog

This is the way it looks now, in late autumn, with Fox poking his face through the fronds. fern gods blog

I’ve used ferns a lot in my work. Here are some House Gods waiting to go into the kiln. The ferns will burn away in the kiln, leaving their impressions behind. household gods resized

My House Gods are a modern take on the old Roman Gods Lares and Penates. Lares and Penates were believed to protect the House and Larder and each household had their own set which were kept down the generations. new 6

All my House Gods have different areas of influence. This House God will protect your slippers from being chewed by the dog.
It is made of molochite clay, glazed and smoke fired.

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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 Stories about Ferns and House Gods

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  2. faith nolton says:

    my house god has decided it wants to sit on a bookcase at the top of my stairs under a skylight and watch over the entrance to the bathroom. It definitely attracts my attention as I go by and we bless each other. He must be a guardian of the liminal spaces. x Faith

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