Ceramic torsos with a bronze finish

After I have bisque fired my ceramic torso, it takes a huge amount of steel wool and elbow grease to achieve the bronze effect I am after.

I mix bronze powder with matte varnish and paint it on my sculpture

Then I add a layer of varnish mixed with graphite powder

After it has dried, out come the face mask, the steel wool and the Marigolds; the rubbing back begins. It usually takes an entire afternoon and I go through several face masks.

But I think it is worth the effort.

All these ceramic torsos have sold, but you can commission a similar sculpture by visiting my website 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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7 Responses to Ceramic torsos with a bronze finish

  1. mississhippi says:

    The effect you have achieved with all that effort is so worth it. Your torsos look fantastic. i love the sheen.


  2. pimpmybricks says:

    I ‘specially like the patterning on the 2nd/4th torso – it reminds me of Maori tattoos. The finish on all of them is wonderful.


    • Anna says:

      Thank you PP, I love working with spiral patterns. From the shape of galaxies to the shell of snail, they’re everywhere. I’m just celebrating and re-affirming them (to myself) .


  3. sakthi5028 says:

    Perfect Finishing!!!


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