I studied ceramics at the University of Wolverhampton. From there my work developed mainly into smoke-fired vessels.

 

I keep interestingly shaped glass bottles and make moulds of them, then remake the shapes with clay. I change each one by adding a spout or handle, or change the shape slightly, thereby making each form unique. I finish my work by burnishing and then I fire to bisque at 1000C.

 

Afterwards I smoke-fire the pieces in a bonfire, or a saggar in my kiln, using sawdust with added seaweed, salts and wire, for example, to create patterns and colours.

 

All the smoke-fired pieces are purely decorative and are not waterproof.

Text Box: Sue Lilleman

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