Much as I appreciate a sale, I was really sad to see this smoke fired ceramic torso sculpture go yesterday…

I  am never quite sure what is going to happen when I load up one of my trusty dustbins for a smoke fire. Will my sculptures break? Will they  be indifferent and boring? I was particularly pleased with how the process worked on this torso.
In this image you can see how the green copper oxide actually reverted back to the true copper colour of a new penny in places on the fern…The large red patch is also caused by copper oxide when it got starved of oxygen in the heavy reduction firing…
This link will show you how it’s done…

My torsos are made to hang from the wall and this particular one measures 23 x 17”. I used cobalt. manganese and copper oxide as well as a very thin coat of transparent glaze. But, as you can see, those simple materials can create a host of different effects.
To find out more, please go to  You are also very welcome to join one of my workshops.


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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6 Responses to Sold

  1. that’s a stunning piece! But I know what you mean. I always feel weird when I sell a piece of artwork.


  2. Jeff Sinon says:

    Congratulations on the sale!!

    I feel that same sense of “loss” when one of my photographs goes to a new home. Especially if it has been hanging on my wall for any amount of time. Considering the amount of time an effort that must go into one of your pieces, that feeling must be even more profound. I can always just make another print, a few mouse clicks, a day or so shipping time, and I have my new piece ready to go. I bet it takes just a little bit longer for you finish one of your creations 😉


    • Anna says:

      Mmm, just a bit longer…;-)


      • Jeff Sinon says:

        I bet if I added up the all the time, from leaving my house to when the prints arrive from the lab, that it takes me to make a photograph, it wouldn’t even come close. By a long shot. Beautiful work like yours takes time. The downside is I bet the emotional attachment to each piece gets stronger as each day passes.


  3. timruane24 says:

    The one of a woman’s torso is like the Greek sculptures, exceptional and nice.


    • Anna says:

      Thanks so much – I try to make them look as though they have been around for a very long time. Perhaps dug out of the ground, perhaps found at the bottom of the sea.


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