Some of the first things I made from clay were Goddesses – it was an instinctive and almost compulsive feeling to sculpt a female figure from the earthy mud I held in my hand. Intrigued by the primitive beginnings of clay I started experimenting with pit firings and clamp kilns – some of the most ancient methods of firing – where the embers smoulder for up to 3 days, then as the earth and fuel fall away pieces of fired clay emerge like dinosaur eggs – smoking, cracked and sometimes in a thousand pieces! As I got more precious about my work I wanted pieces to survive the firings so began to experiment with Raku and Smoke firings – still unpredictable in the patterns and colours that emerged but less breakages! I started making vessels – bowls and vases – and my work branched into two. Now I make Raku and smoke fired vases and bowls plus Goddess and God inspired sculptures, altar pieces and elemental items that are mostly fired in an electric kiln. Every now and then the two worlds meet…….
- By Ceeaych
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