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Pit Fired Sculptures

I have been pit firing now for about seven years, and during this time have developed and refined techniques that are unique to me.

Originally I became interested in Pit firing during my Honours year in ceramics at University: I was interested in exploring the “function” of ceramics… what would it be in the 21st century? With mass produced bowls, cups, etc how could the ‘potter’ make a living? I concluded that the ‘function’ of ceramics would be a contemplative and meditative use. This theme then developed further in my masters and PhD thesis.

My PhD installation can be viewed on video on my Facebook page, and my PhD thesis can be downloaded at

A couple of  images that appears in following slideshow have been published in ceramic art books.  The sculpture Water Spiral  is published in the Lark Publishing book 500 Ceramic Sculptures, and the image Sacrificial Landscape is published in Schiffer Publisher’s Ceramics Today



I have conducted pit firing workshops for Ceramics Victoria and at my own studio, which have proved to be both fun and beneficial for myself and the workshop participants.

Images of my pit firing process can be seen on my Facebook page.

The following slideshow features  a selection of pit fired sculptures I have made during this seven year period.

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7 thoughts on “Pit Fired Sculptures

  1. These are beautiful! I love the shapes. Very serene and graceful.

    Posted by naomisilverart | April 3, 2012, 11:10 pm
  2. Thanks Naomi… I’m glad you like them 🙂

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | April 3, 2012, 11:24 pm
  3. These are really fantastic Dawn. Love Sacrificial Landscape, and the other sculpture with the twigs encasing the fired objects. Nice work!

    Posted by sydney | April 4, 2012, 8:44 am
  4. Beatiful artwork!

    Posted by ka'prisc | May 29, 2012, 5:14 am

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