Yesterday five of my Little Owls sold from my website http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/birds/owls-pheasants/
This was a nice surprise. They’re going to Bristol.
But I guess I’d better start making some more…
My Little owl sculptures are smoke fired, and only the eyes are glazed.
If you live far away from Hastings, or abroad, and would like some Little Owls or other goodies from my website flown over, then don’t hesitate to let me know. I’m pretty good at wrapping!
I am sure that everyone has their own interpretation of Dylan Thomas’s wonderful poem, ‘The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower’.
This is mine; a totem pole or story board; ‘Gaia’.
The poem kept me awake for many nights (and days!); dreaming, journeying, searching for a way to join the poet in celebrating and honouring our roots; the Green Fuse that drives our existence.
I chose to focus on the theme of interconnectedness. Through our collective unconsciousness, dreams and myths can enter ordinary reality. I decided to make physical some of my personal dreams and visions.
I sometimes encounter whales in my dreams, and just like the Cheshire cat they often leave traces behind. So I decided to include them in my totem pole along with the hands of Gaia, the Earth Goddess, giving and taking life.
The badger is a very real little creature; fat and grubby, sporting enormous claws all the better to unearth sweet corn and carrots; she lives in my garden and I call her Maggot.
This is a link to the poem
During this workshop we concentrated on exploring textures while making ceramic bowls using hump and press molds. The bowl to the left is made by draping sheets of clay across a plaster hump mold and removing it a few hours later when the clay has hardened enough to keep the shape. We still had to shore it up with a towel tightly wrapped across the bottom of the bowl…
I love collecting plants from the garden to use in my workshops
Andrew opted for ferns, too.
My next ceramic workshop is planned for Sunday 22May at 10.30-1pm. Please contact me here if you’d like to attend. My workshops are suited for everyone whatever previous experience. There are still two places available!
She is approximately 11′x5”, smoke fired, and here is a link to what she looked like as she came out of the smoke chamber a few weeks ago http://annakeiller.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/house-gods-and-angels/
The ceramic torso vase looks pretty different from side to side, and that is down to what happened during the smoke firing process. I used red Botz glaze for the hearts,
while the body had a wash of copper, manganese and red iron oxide. It is glazed with transparent glaze on the inside to render it water tight and also to add a bit of contrast to the matt finish outside.
We covered the bisque fired bowls and sculptures in copper and manganese oxides, added copper netting from kitchen scourers, as well as banana peels, coffee grinds and salt to maximise the effects of the smoke firing!
And then! Rosie does her thing!
If you would like to find out more about my ceramic workshops, please go to www.annakeiller.com/workshops
A new series of workshops start Sunday March 20th 10-1pm at Dudley Road Studios.
The workshops cover essential hand building techniques such as coiling, press moulding and slab building. We will also do some smoke firing
The classes will run on Sunday 20th and 27th of March and then on the 3rd, 10th and 24th of April. There is a gap of two weeks between the 4th and 5th session so that all the work can be properly dried and fired for the last sessions glazing and smoke firing! To find out more and to sign up please go here.
As part of my house god series I wanted to make a sculpture of Oannes – a Babylonian God that is depicted as half man half fish and believed to have taught the ancient Babylonians everything they knew about farming, writing and science. The Dogons have similar Gods they call the Nommo. I spent a frustrating day trying to sculpt a convincing fish head in clay, and after five attempts I gave up and instead of the majestic Oannes emerged….
I am rather pleased with the koi. However, I have a cunning plan, and I now know how to make fish heads.
This is a link to some more House Gods
During the annual Wine and Seafood festival Sept 18th and 19th, I will be showing Mermaids at Pomegranates in 50 George street, Hastings. The private view is on Thursday the 16th; come along for a drink at the bar and listen to Richard Locke playing guitar.
There will of course also be some pomegranates available!