Smoke firing One on One Workshop

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.


some amazing work goes into the bin…

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 .



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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