Orange, she said


I glazed the fish and shells in the bowl and fired them at 1030 C. And then it was time to decide what glaze to use for the sea.
I could have gone for blue. I could have gone for green.

I went for orange.


Oh My.
I shall put it in my trusty dustbin!
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And see if smoke firing it will knock the edge off a bit…


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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14 Responses to Orange, she said

  1. joyfunnell says:

    Oh no…… leave it as it is! Looks great!! 🙂


  2. mississhippi says:

    I love the orange but I think you are right to knock it back a bit. I had hoped it would turn out more like the pomegranates – a deeper tone than this. If the shells weren’t so stark it would probably work better as it is. But it is a beautiful bowl – please persevere.


    • Anna says:

      Yes, I see what you are saying; with the pomegranates I use a bit of coral red glaze as well; it gives a deeper tone. I didn’t with this bowl. It would be an option to re-glaze adding the red…or…. Go for the smoke fire trick. Or play with the shells a bit…Hm. Thanks for your visit, it is lovely to share the agony! ;-))


    • Anna says:

      The learning never stops, though! But thank you for your support. x


  3. I love the orange as it is! The brighter the better 🙂


    • Anna says:

      Thank you so much, and thanks for checking in…I’m currently pacing the floor, biting my nails; I may have to think about this one for a little while xx 🙂


  4. rthepotter says:

    Agree with mississhippi about the lovely colour of your pomegranates – but would be intrigued to see the smoke firing too, as the shells might not take over the view so much if lightly kippered. The bowl looks very promising though – follow up both lines separately?


  5. Anna says:

    Yes, I think a slight kippering is of the essence. Only snag is that the bowl may break in the smoke firing. But. Needs must. I’ll post a picture of the result.


  6. Lynda says:

    OK, color me weird, but I liked your avant garde use of the orange. It reminded me of a red tide.


  7. Anna, I love how you fire your pieces like this. The action photography of this piece smoking/firing in the bin is just fantastic. It makes me so want to be there to watch it all happen! I agree w/Lynda just above – I like the avante-garde orange and the final result!


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