Ceramic Art Sale

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Flower vase – red amaryllis look rather fine in this ceramic vessel; it measures  42 x 25 cm
The vase has a bronze effect finish with a red glazed heart on both sides…

This is the other side…Yours for £175. Plus transport/postage
Find out more on my website http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/torsos/

Thank you for looking!

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Studio sale – ceramic work

So the studio sale is progressing – and here are a few more ceramic torsos and ceramic angel sculptures that are up for grabs.

I remember making this torso several years ago using a fern from my garden …
Yours for £175 plus postage.

I cast some sprats from the beach in plaster and here they are…
Blue Mermaid ( with shoal of fish ) yours for £175

Plus we have another Ceramic Angel sculpture coming up:


Angel of the Storm Clouds. £225 plus postage. This sculpture comes in 3 parts for easier transport.
To see more please go to my website http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/torsos/

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Studio Sale – Ceramic Angels


This Scorched Angel fluttered off this evening..the studio sale is in full swing!
But I found another lost Angel in the attic needing a good home

This is the Angel of forest and lakes. I call her the Angel of the Woodlands.
She was one of the first ceramic angels I made, and the wings don’t fit as snugly as they could. In fact, the sculpture is made in 3 parts, and the wings are separate – but they do not have grooves in them so the torso lies on top. There are hooks at the back, so it is easy to hang the angel and the wings on a wall. It weighs about 2.5 kilo, all in.
I took plaster casts of tree bark, moss and ivy leaves to incorporate in the clay walls – but the lizards are not real ones, you’d be glad to know.
The wings are smoke fired, because I so love that slightly burnt-out look, but the torso is not.
This is a link to my website where you can find out more about the Woodland Angel and other ceramic torsos that are offered at 50% off the normal price. http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/torsos/
Thank you for looking!

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Studio sale – ceramic bowls

So the studio sale is in full swing! I find it so exciting!
I thought I’d upload some of the ceramic bowls that are included in the sale.
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Stag beetles! This bowl has a bottle green shiny interior, and the outside is raw and unglazed and the effect of the smoke firing is staggering. It is  appx 11” x 4”

‘My life in the Sea of Ghosts’ is pretty much built on the same notion. Shiny immaculate inside and a raw outside. Loving it. 4” x 8”

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A Fish Bowl. 15” x 7”.
You can see a further selection of bowls on my website. http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/bowls/ The transport is not included, sorry.

And here is the link to my ceramic torso page again. http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/torsos/

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Studio Sale

angel-sept-16I have decided to sell all my ceramic torsos and some other odds and ends that is hanging about in my studio at half price.I want to start working on different projects and I need the space. If you would like to have a look at what is on offer, then this is a link to my website page for the torsos.
This ceramic angel comes in 3 parts –  I made the wings separately for transport purposes – and it is about 37” x 23” (90cm  x 55cm). It is glazed and then subsequently smoke fired in one of these…

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…my trusty dustbins. I just love the randomness of the process and I love how the smoke paints and caresses the surfaces.
Mermaid with green fish. She measures 19” x  17” ( 50cm x 44cm) and as with all the torsos, there are hooks on the back. She is not smoke fired.
Yours for £ 175 plus transport. The best thing is of course if you make a visit to my studio in Hastings – then you can see what the sculptures look like in real life.There are some contact details on my website.
These sculptures also work as wall sconces.
I will upload some ceramic bowls in the next few days – but here is a link to my website if you’d like a sneak preview. http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/bowls/
Thank you for looking!



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Studio clearance sale

Clearing out my studio! Starting with the torsos.
I used to base my ceramic torsos on live casts –

…which I turned in to molds. I would then layer clay inside these molds and create individual pieces. Like so;


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All torsos are going at 50% off – but transport is not included.You are very welcome to come to my studio sale in Hastings to see what is on offer.
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Here is another one;

I used hydrangeas from the garden for this ceramic torso. It is smoke fired and the copper oxide has partially turned red in the reduction fire.
You can see more ceramic torsos on my website and I will upload more during the next few days.

Thank you for looking!

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Studio Clearance

So. I’m cleaning out my studio and everything non-current must go.
It is a big job and time consuming but I took a break today to make the most delicious butternut squash curry – It was really simple.

And, my cockatiels loved it. Here is Goldie and what remains of my lunch


She is filthy!
And here is how you make it.
Slow fry butternut squash cubes in coconut oil and add loads of garlic, ginger, chillies and a bit of salt. Put a lid on the casserole and let it simmer for a little while, stirring from time to time.
After 10 min or so add water and tomato pure’ and leave to cook for about half an hour until the butternut squash is soft. I didn’t add cashew nuts but may do so next time.
Eat with rice.
So lush! Ask the birds!


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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!


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Fox about the studio

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I was befriended by a tiny fox cub a few summers ago. He must have been tamed by a neighbour because he showed no fear around me.
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He would follow me around the garden and he had a thing about shoes…

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But he suddenly went away and I had a couple of other foxes turn up; they were mangy and ill and not terribly chatty. I did treat them with mange medicine but I never really bonded with them.


Here is one of them lying in a banana box awaiting his doctored dinner. You can see that he is quite bald on his back leg ( to treat fox mange, you can get Ivomec or Panomec from your vet for a few pounds. You give them 0.125 ml in some cat food or other absorbent food he may like. A fox will need at…

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Art and


Hmm…All these labels nobody really bother to define.
What does the word ‘art’ mean? If it is another word for ‘collectable’, ‘blue chip’ then surely Grayson’s products fits the bill to perfection?
If ‘art’ is to do with representing inner visions or reality seen through the prism of an individual mind, then maybe other words need to be invented to describe what is going on?
My issue with the word ‘art’ – the concept of the word ‘art’ – is that both mass media and the public seem by that blanket definition to expect a product that is not only comfortably individual – unique but not too unique – but also commercially a good investment. And this expectation changes according to time/culture/space. Still the word remain the same. Art. We are meant to all agree to what it is by osmosis, perhaps. The word wasn’t even in use in it’s current form before 1888. Yet, Rembrandt was such a great ‘artist, wasn’t he? Hmm.
Is it even relevant to use that word when talking about old masters?
I know art dealers do. Bankers do. But really, is it honest to pretend that our culture’s overriding obsession with money, hierarchy and wealth should be a true indication as to the true value of someone’s vision and observations?
I hate museeums – I cannot visit these institutions where guards and bars protect what should be freely available to all humanity.
My problem with Jonathan Jones’s article is that while I totally agree with his conclusion, I still feel he is being dishonest as to his own role in this sorry mess.

I am sorry I cannot make the article visible on this page – you’ll have to click through to read Jonathan Jones’s piece in the Guardian.




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