Ceramic workshops in Hastings

Olivia came down from Durham last weekend to learn how to smoke fire the ceramic torsos she had been making in school.
Her parents rented a cottage nearby, and the family went sightseeing to Dungeness while Olivia came here for the workshop.

Smoke firing is a reduction method; you starve the atmosphere of oxygen in the smoke chamber in order to get some great colour effects.
Here Olivia is daubing her bisque fired torso with red and black iron oxide, copper oxide and manganese oxide.

After she has placed the torsos on a bed of sawdust and dry leaves, she makes a few salt bombs ( pour salt into some newspaper and create a parcel), adds dry coffee grounds, hydrangeas, soot and other colour enhancing materials around her work.

and then…

The entire smokefiring session takes about 24 hours from start to finish. Please visit
http://annakeiller.com/workshops/ to see what is on offer!



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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