Anna Keiller creates hand-made and unique ceramic art featuring glazed and smoke fired ceramic art torsos, personalised House Gods, whimsical and adorable Fat Birds, decorated ceramic bowls and platters, wall plaques with unique messages, and Pomegranates to delight all your senses.
Find out how to commission me or join one of my wonderful ceramic art workshops in Hastings, East Sussex, plus how to buy a voucher as a ceramic art gift.
When I make a torso I aim to show the human body as a landscape,
at one with the land – Mother Earth personified.
To create my torso sculptures, I start by making a life cast from a model.
I then use the cast to make a plaster mould which I line with patterned pieces of clay.
All the torsos can be wall mounted.
Once the clay has been fired and glazed, I often smoke fire it to give a deeper glow to the glazes.
I spent many months thinking about birds and watching them before going into the studio. I saw fat wood pigeons squabbling in the hawthorn, seagulls chasing air currents on a windy day, a tiny robin singing with the voice of silver from a tree branch. Later on in my studio the first ceramic art sculpture emerged almost by itself. I had to make very few changes and adaptations.
Each bird is personal and here on her own terms, telling the story about what it is like to be a Bird at peace with its surroundings and self. Later on, Chicken, Pheasant, Owl and Peacock sculptures emerged. Each one is hand built, glazed and then smoke fired.
The pomegranate is linked to the myth of Aphrodite, (as well as of Demeter and Persephone).
Many believe that Adam & Eve’s forbidden fruit was a pomegranate and not an apple.
I glaze my fruit with a vibrant mixture of red and orange before smoke firing them in my garden.
My House Gods are a modern take on the ancient Roman House Gods Lares and Penates, and I have given each a new area of influence….
- be it protecting Slippers from the Puppy or
- asking the God to take on the stigma of a Bad Hair Day
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