I have finally got some proper pictures of my pomegranates, and this is one of them.
I have made eight pomegranates now for various summer shows. I’m kind of tempted to keep making them because it is so much fun, and I have worked out how to get them the way I want them…but I think this is it for now. They will be at Rye Society of Artist’s Summershow in Rye, East Sussex http://www.ryesocietyofartists.co.uk/ and Saffron Art Gallery in Battle http://www.saffrongallery.co.uk/
I have used paperclay and then botz brush on glazes. They have all been smoke fired, or barrelled, in sawdust in order to get a deeper glow to the glazes.
I am really interested in how to achieve different colours when smoke firing, or barrelling.
Smoke firing is such a random process with a lot of variables; wind force, what materials you burn, out side temperatures.
I am very pleased with the purple effect on these Fat Birds.
And here are a few more – I have used manganese, copper and red iron oxides. To see more blogs about smoke firing, life casting, work shops and other stories please scroll down the page…and to see my website please go to www.annakeiller.co.uk
I spent the weekend smoke firing, or barrelling my ceramic torsos.
This is a bisque fired and glazed torso.
Which I placed in a galvanized dustbin and covered with dry leaves, straw and sawdust. You can see some of my dead headed hydrangeas in there, too!
Then comes the fun bit!
And the next morning the bins are cool enough to open…
Two very differnt creatures emerge…
And this is one of the torsos, cleaned up and ready to go. I am still shocked by its transformation.
If you like to join a smoke firing workshop, please contact me via my website www.annakeiller.co.uk. or email me.
To see earlier posts on life casting and clay workshops please scroll down the page.