Ceramic torso commission, final results


During the last few days I have been finishing off a recent body cast commission. I first wrote a post about it a few days ago here. The client wanted a smoke fired sculpture of herself to present to her husband as a gift on their anniversary. She asked for grey, brown and green hues and I have been experimenting to get it right.
The first ceramic torso was glazed with a matte white brush-on glaze from Botz with a little bit of manganese oxide added. I then smoke fired it in my trusty dustbins.
This torso was also glazed with a matte white glaze, but I added copper as well as manganese oxide. It is smoke fired.

The final torso is glazed with a transparent, matte glaze with the tiniest amount of copper and manganese oxide. I love the way the smoke has decorated the surface.

I wonder which torso she will choose.

The ceramic torsos are based on a plaster body cast I made during her first visit to my studio. This is how it is done.

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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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2 Responses to Ceramic torso commission, final results

  1. Sonel says:

    It’s gorgeous Anna. I love it! 🙂


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