Alexis Mary has just returned from Austin, Texas, with a load of ceramic sculptures she wants to smoke fire.
She booked a One on One smoke firing workshop in my studio in Hastings. I really like her work, and I think smoke firing might suit it very well. And once you know the basics, you can experiment on your own to achieve the effects you want.
She daubs some red iron oxide on one of her stunning vases with Mousie Tung, the nosy cockatiel, on her shoulder.
And once the oxides are applied to everything, the work can be loaded into the smoke bin outside on the patio.
Alexis Mary adds sawdust, soot, salt and some other magic ingredients and sets fire to the lot. (Love that bit!)
The sawdust will smolder all through the night. And.
The next day, at about 4 pm, the bin was cool enough to remove some absolutely magnificent sculptures.
To inquire about, or book, a workshop, please go to my website .