Ceramic Plaques, smoke firing


I made this ceramic plaque last summer. It is a self portrait with a black dog and a dragon fly . The plaque is made using paper clay. I rather like this medium because you can make really detailed work and you can also add wet clay to dry which is great if you work slowly, or want to change bits around, adding or detracting.


So, I recently glazed this plaque after months of agonizing.

So, that was a bit unnecessary, then.
I decided the best thing to do would be to throw it in with my Fat Birds in the smoke firing bin.


and this morning…

It is a brutal process.

But despite a bit falling off, I think I still prefer my Black Dog smoke fired.
The Fat Birds came out great. I will upload them soon.





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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3 Responses to Ceramic Plaques, smoke firing

  1. agnesashe says:

    Is the ‘smoke firing’ the only firing these pieces will get? Looks fascinating, but a bit worrying (health & safety and all that) – is it left smoking all night? It certainly gives a beautiful, intriguing finish.


  2. annieherbert says:

    Amazing fel to the piece!


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