Night of fire and smoke…

so this time I trashed my ceramic tiles…

A smoke firing usually takes about 24 hours from start to finish. Not all the ceramic plaques made it, but I think I can work with these two;


‘Whistling for Snow’ This ceramic plaque measures 23 cm x 20 cm. I was experimenting with salt and fertilizer bombs…the snowflakes are actually exploding bits of Growmore. Hah. Her hair is glazed with Botz brush-on glaze, but the rest of the colours in this piece come from metal oxides, smoke, salt and er, Growmore.

‘Blowing the clouds west’ There is a certain theme developing here, I know.
I have used a tiny bit of transparent glaze along with the copper oxide on the vegetation, but the rest of the colours are copper, manganese and red iron oxide plus smoke…
The plaques are hung from a wire at the back.
If you like to know more about my smoke firing technique, you are welcome to join me on a workshop. Here is a link to how that would work.

To see more of my work, 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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