Ceramic bowls with glass decorations

Bowl with Botz brush-on glazes and melted glass tiles. I used blue, white and orange glass tiles which I cut up in little squares.

Ceramic glazes contain silica to form glass as well as  metal oxides, clay and colourants.  But I sometimes like to use real mosaic glass tiles for a stronger effect. When the bowl or plaque is fired in the kiln, the glass will melt and create beautiful patterns.

You will need to make a little hole in the bottom of your clay bowl to contain the glass tiles

I use an edging tool to scrape away the surplus clay while the bowl is still leather hard.

Real ferns can be used to impress the clay – they can be left in the bowl during the firing as they will simply burn away and leave their imprint behind. The bowl sold before I had a chance to photograph it, unfortunately.

I plan to run a workshop exploring this method in November  – it will soon appear in my workshop diary


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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