Smoke firing workshop in Hastings – the results!

Opening the smoke bins are always exciting; what have we here?

Andrew needs to use his handkerchief as the Rhino head is still hot more than 24 hours after we started the fire!

The colours were achieved by using manganese and copper oxides…plus some ground up coffee and salt.

The main stain used here is red Iron oxide along with coffee grounds, banana skins and salt.

Stephane used copper, manganese and iron oxide as well as ripped up copper scouring pads, salt – and a dash of coffee on his sculpture of the Royal Couple Kate and William – I hope they appreciate his efforts!

I think the results are fabulous!
My next smoke firing workshop will be in July – I hope you’d care to join us!

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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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