Sold, ceramic torso sculpture with a bronze effect finish

I am really grateful that people sometimes contact me to visit my studio to buy art. If it wasn’t for that, I’d probably starve.
But a nice couple from Kingston upon Thames popped down to Hastings recently to choose a ceramic torso for their home.

Torso with bronze effect finish

…and they chose this one with a bronze effect finish.
Bronze effects can be used instead of glazes to finish off sculptures. The technique can be used  on plaster of Paris sculptures as well as on ceramic objects.

here be dragons

I love making sculptures out of found objects such as this sea shell and a dragon I made out of plaster of Paris and then bronzed.
Mood critter

I cast my neighbour’s daughter’s fingers and placed them inside a clam.

shell baby

These are all Mood Critters; little sculptures I make to amuse myself, mainly.

gallery 3

I still get emails from people asking me how to get this bronze effect going, so I thought I’d share the secret recipe again…
Copy of Bum29-1_edited

You need;
Bronze metal filler powder ( can be found at Tiranti’s)
Graphite powder
Matt clear water based varnish
Wire wool, medium grade
A few very good face masks

Mix varnish and bronze filler until you get a creamy consistency, and it covers your bisque fired sculpture.
Wait for the varnish to dry completely; say overnight just to be on the safe side.
This is the colour you will get when it dries;
The bib and crown is painted with a gold glaze and it  has already been glaze fired. There is no reason why you can’t glaze some areas and use the bronze effect on others. The red heart on the Bottom Vase above is glazed.

Next, you mix the graphite powder with varnish, but now you want a slightly thinner consistency. Paint your sculpture and let dry for another 24 hours.
Rub the sculpture with the wire wool to expose the metallic finish. But do wear a good quality face mask and rubber gloves; it is a tedious and very, very long job.

Finally polish your piece with a wax polish.


This is little Earth Star, and you can find her and her brothers and  sisters here


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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12 Responses to Sold, ceramic torso sculpture with a bronze effect finish

  1. Al says:

    They are amazing.

    How did it go at the cop shop?


    • Anna says:

      Al, thanks again for being so sweet about my work.
      The police were lovely, actually. The cop assigned to meet me was about 20 and drop-dead gorgeous and terribly charming. I didn’t stand a chance.
      So I said’ the headmaster, Joe Hellet, assaulted me!’ And the boy said, ‘yes, but you were one his property. And so he is allowed to use reasonable force to remove you’….I couldn’t really argue with that except
      I still want to know why the headmaster was so determined not to allow me to take photographs of the trees his contractors were chopping down.I don’t think the tree was beyond saving, and we do have an expert that will testify to that…The battle is far from over.


  2. roma1912 says:

    Such stunning work, love the sea shell & dragon what a very talented artisan 🙂


  3. Sonel says:

    So stunning as usual Anna. LOVE your mood critters. So sweet and adorable! 😀


  4. sriramjanak says:

    This is amazing…:-)


  5. each one distinctive and unique! love your work Anna


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