Clay is my medium for exploring dreams and myths, fairytales and everyday occurrences.
I go to my studio looking for stories to tell, my stories, my folklore. It may take me a while to get into the rhythm of the story that comes to me, but when I do, I’m on a roll; the universe speaks through my fingers!
Some of my inspiration comes from dreams and inner journeys. My series of Mythological Shrines is an example of such explorations, as are my plaques.
Making my torsos, I celebrate the Great Goddess in her various forms again and again, tracing plants, animals, birds and insects onto her skin.
My work is hand built using a mixture of press-moulding, slab building, carving and coiling techniques. I often use smoke firing techniques to paint the surface of unglazed work or add an extra glow to glazes. I also use bronze and copper effect finishes.
Anna Keiller was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Sweden in the archipelago outside Gothenburg.
She graduated from Uppsala University with a BA in Fine Art and then managed the Ceramics Department at Medborgar skolan in Uppsala for a few years before working as a ceramic designer at the Tao Fong Shan mission in Hong Kong. After Hong Kong she spent the next five years travelling, making a living as a free lance journalist and photographer before moving to Napa Valley in California to live with her wine making boy friend and continue her career as a journalist and writer.
But the clay called, and in 1988 she moved to Hastings in East Sussex to set up her own ceramic studio in the Old Town where she still lives and works.
Her work is hand built using a mixture of press-moulding, slab building, carving and coiling techniques.
She often uses smoke firing techniques to paint the surface of unglazed work or add an extra glow to glazes. She also uses bronze and copper effect finishes.
She changed her name from Anne to Anna when she moved to England because few English people pronounce the e in her name and she couldn’t get used to being called Ann or Annie.
‘ The Green Fuse’ Hastings Art Forum, 4th-18th May 2012
The Open Art Fair Utrecht September 11-15, 2012, represented by Gallery Mooi-Man
The Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam October 25-28, 2012, represented by Gallery Mooi-Man
The Artwave festival in Lewes, East Sussex, August -Sept
The Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam 31 October – 3 November 2013, represented by Gallery Mooi-Man
You can find my work at
Gallerie Mooi-Man, Groningen, Holland
Alter-Ego Gallery, Battle
Mandarin Oriental hotel, Taipei, via Four IV, interior design, London.
The brief was to devise a way to decorate a ceiling with several thousand illuminated porcelain flowers, and then create the master molds.
After a while, the brief changed into creating porcelain flowers for the entrance arch to the main lobby.
This is the finished result