Ceramic sculpture smoke firing.

Another glorious day of high windy weather, perfect for smoke firing!

I place my sculpture in a galvanized dustbin

Fill the empty space with sawdust, dry leaves, straw, newspaper; anything organic.

Put some newspaper on top, and light them.

When the sawdust catches fire, I can replace the lid on top

The sawdust will smoulder for hours, and when it is all finished and the bins have cooled down, voila’!
We can now have a look to see what’s been cookin! I love this bit!

These are some of my Fat Bird sculptures. Apart from the eyes and comb, all the colours come from the smoke firing.

There are a lot of ways to influence the smoke firing results by using metal oxides, sea weed, salt, coffee grinds and so on, but you will need to come to my workshops to find out more about that!

Here’s a link


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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4 Responses to Ceramic sculpture smoke firing.

  1. rthepotter says:

    Now you are tempting me to have a play – I have an old metal dustbin/incinerator lurking somewhere behind my oil tank … and it isn’t doing anything useful … 🙂


    • Anna says:

      hah! Great! But you need to drill holes in the sides and have a lid without a hole in it – so if you’re using an incinerator perhaps put a brick on top of hole? 🙂


  2. Absolutely brilliant!!! Wow!!! I love your sculptures!!!! 🙂 😀


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