Vase making – smoke firing!

I recently wrote about a ceramic vase I was making…I have been circling around it for weeks, building up courage to place it in a dustbin and set fire to it.

So last night I did the deed and torched my vase… 
I placed a few of my Angels in there for good measure… And this was what I found this morning…
It was still smouldering as I hoiked it out of the bin. I had no gloves and was far too impatient to go and fetch some, so I used my sweather as a fireblanket. Not a good idea. I set fire to the grass as well, which is worse, but the vase survived. It is still too hot to clean up – I think it is looking  pretty good so far.

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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