Jill made this plate for a friend who lives on a narrow boat in Oxford.
I like the ferns – they come from my garden and were pressed into the clay using a rolling pin. I also like the irregular shape of the plate.
The blue and yellow come from Botz under glazes. There’s a transparent glaze on top.
Pretty pink flowers…again, we used Botz under glazes with transparent glaze on top.
A bird in the hand…plaster sprig moulds of birds were used to create the birds on this plate, and cobalt and copper oxide daubed on to add colour. Again, we used a transparent glaze to seal in the colour.
I will upload my website with new workshops soon, so please go here to find out what’s in store.
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’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.
Zechariah was quite an old man when one day an angel appeared before him announcing that his wife – who was also pretty ancient – was going to give birth to a son. This is all in the new testament, and the son was John the Baptist.
I have made a pregnant angel – she is the angel of the future, really.
She is made inside a press mold and glazed with oxides and then smoke fired.
At the moment she’s hanging at the Battle Contemporary art fair, http://www.battlefineartfair.co.uk
I decided to put two of my ceramic torso through the smoke firing process…
I like the way the fire interact with the oxides.
I have finally got around to take a photograph of the ceramic torso you saw me smoke fire with Emilie and Guillaume in this previous post: http://annakeiller.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/smoke-firing-work-shops-2/
I also showed a bit about how it was made, destroyed and then re-made here : http://annakeiller.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/ceramic-torso-again/
I have not added any oxides, only a shiny white brush on glaze from Botz. The smoke provided a silvery black patina. I meant to continue working on it - I was thinking about giving the scorpio a red or orange glaze – but it is kind of nice in an understated way like this, I think.