The studio sale is now finished; and it has been a great success. These are some of the torsos that sold during the last few weeks
Berry, smoke fired ceramic torso
A couple bought ‘Mermaid with Seahorses’ as a birthday gift for their daughter
‘Blue Mermaid’ was bought as a gift for somebody’s boy friend. They all have hooks as the back so that they can be hung on the wall straight away. They are very light, they only weigh between 1 and 2 kilos.
This Forest inspired Goddess went to a couple who thought it reminded them of the jungles of Borneo. The red colouring is caused by copper oxide that has been reduced in the smoke firing and returned to its original colour.
A couple of Fat Birds, in this case cockerels, found a new home
as did these fine pheasants.
I am busy updating my website with new sculptures. This is a link to the torso page. http://annakeiller.com/portfolio/torsos/
If you would like to commission a sculpture, I look forward to hearing from you! This is a link to my commission page http://annakeiller.com/commissions/
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.
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.
I’m busy sorting out my studio for a big new commission and I need space…So I hope a lot sell during my studio sale on Saturday.
This torso was inspired by a song by Talking Heads called Listening Wind. So late one night a few years ago, I made some graffiti…
This is a torso glazed in white and then smoke fired. The smoke has given a silvery and black shimmer to the surface. There is a scorpion on her shoulder.
This torso will also be in the sale
There will also be some of my new work – which won’t be included in the sale…
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
Welcome to new and exciting ceramic workshops in Dudley Road, Hastings, East Sussex!
The next workshop is set to start on Sunday April 18th.
This is a two day workshop where we produce ceramic pieces during the first session on the 18th, which I will bisque fire in readiness for the second session on May 2nd when we smoke fire the work in the garden outside my studio.
The workshop will run from 10am-3pm both days, and a lovely lunch with fish from local fisheries in Rock a Nore, bread from the famous Judges bakery and organic vegetables is included in the price which is £70 for both days. All materials and tuition is also included.
No previous experience is necessary in order to enjoy this course.
To find out more, or to sign up, please go to my website at www.annakeiller.co.uk or email me
During the last week I have been busy casting new models for my ceramic torsos.
This is the third time I have tried to get a decent cast of Luke. It is looking promising so far.
These are previous attempts. Close but no cigar.
Now all I need to do is make moulds out of the best plaster casts and then I can start creating new ceramic sculptures…
Please see earlier posts on making body casts. To join a plaster casting workshop, please go here