Smoke fired created using Earthstone clay that has been highly burnished.
Low fired highly burnished work using horsehair to create a pattern
Traditional smoke fired work
All traditionally hand built using a materials to create an interesting surface.
Burnished handmade figures usind coloured slips
Traditionalle hand built burnished vases decorated with colourde slips and smoked horsehair and tape
Traditionally highly burnished vases smoked with horsehair and wire added
Highly burnished pebbles that have had the deign insiced out of the surface, under glazes used and then smoke fired with horsehair
Highly bunished tile. Incised lines, coloured slips, horsehair and tape burnt off have been used
July Open Studios
The excitement and unpredictability of making work to be smoke fired is a fascinating, frustrating and exhilarating process. I have concentrated on experimenting and developing my own style, trying to keep an honest association with the roots of the process. I suppose it is only natural that my work emulates my African origins, which given the technique, is appropriate. The figures, animals, vases and panel pictures are based on my own photographs taken during visits to various parts of Africa, memories and research. The challenge of each piece is finding the right shape, texture and colour, which, when combined, produces a simple, but pleasing, end result. The very nature of the smoke-firing technique produces smoke effects that are totally unique and enhance each piece. Over the last year I have been experimenting with firing horse hair onto the pots, figures and panel pictures with some interesting results. The excitement of working in clay never fades.