Ceramic sculpture with bronze finish

I love to play with different finishing techniques. I was taught a simple technique how to make ceramics look like bronze, copper  or pewter. You simply mix copper or bronze filler with matte varnish and paint it on bisque fired clay (It can also be used on plaster).

This is a sculpture with a strip of Botz brush-on gold glaze down the middle and on top.  

I mixed bronze filler with varnish and painted a rather thick layer on top of the bisque fired clay body.

After it had dried properly (I gave it 24 hours) I mixed some graphite powder with matte varnish and painted that on top. And then I rubbed back through the graphite layer to expose the bronze….I used fine steel wool and a face mask because it gets very dusty and bronze dust is not the best  thing to inhale…

This is Oannes, a Babylonian  amphibian God. I used some Cupra to achieve a verdigris effect for the fish and the bib.

This is ‘Swift’, a male torso on an oak plinth – I think the graphite layer was a bit thick which is why the piece came up so dark. I did spend hours rubbing back with steel wool.

To see more of my work, please visit  www.annakeiller.com


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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5 Responses to Ceramic sculpture with bronze finish

  1. love it. what is ‘bisque clay’?


  2. karen says:

    Beautiful work! Where do you get bronze and copper filler and graphite powder?
    Thank you! karen


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