A group of Belgian people dropped by my studio this week to pick up some ceramic sculptures. I particularly liked this Fat Bird because of the small, star like white spots on her side, and I am actually sorry to see her go.
The white spots are caused by salt exploding during the smoke firing. The grey and black markings are painted by the smoke – the original colour of my clay is white.
I have used red Botz brush -on glaze for her eyes.
I daubed some red iron and manganese oxide on this Fat Bird, but the black markings appeared during the smoke firing. Again, she is made from white clay.
Even though this Fat Bird is also smoke fired, the smoke has only left a gentle grey hue and the markings comes mainly from manganese, copper and iron oxide.
My studio sale was scheduled to start today, but a few people turned up last night already, which was really nice as we had a chance to chat – and I could sit down with a glass of wine and call it a day!
A few torsos sold during the impromptu preview;
I am really into bronze finishes at the moment. Instead of using a glaze, I mix bronze powder with matte varnish and paint it on to the bisque fired ceramic sculpture. I then follow with a layer of varnish mixed with graphite powder. When it’s dry, I use steel wool to rub back to expose the bronze. If you try this, be sure to wear a decent face mask…
Another couple bought these
Simona with Lizards is glazed with copper and manganese oxides and then smoke fired in a dustbin in my garden.
The theme of the evening was obviously lizards..
The real studio show starts tonight, and I hope to see you here!
I call this ceramic torso ‘Forest Floor’ It has been smoke fired, and I really like how the copper oxide has turned red in certain places while staying green in others. I particularly like the effect on the left lizard that’s both green and red…The orange/brown effects are caused by manganese oxide.
I like this torso very much, but it has been hanging around for more than 2 years now, so I have decided to add it to the sale and let it go for £175.
I will add another five ceramic torsos to be sold at this price in the next coming days.. Please let me know if you would like and invite to my show by emailing me here
I’ve been asked what the other side of my ceramic sculpture vase looks like ; so here it is!
The smoke firing brings out such different effects – both sides were treated the same way using manganese, iron and copper oxides and of course Botz red brush-on glaze for the heart. A gift to the one that has it all.