Mary Clarke   


I work in my Burwash studio in East Sussex using various materials including stoneware and earthenware clays.  


I make stylised ceramic animals and I smoke fire them or use the traditional Raku method.  Raku is a traditional Japanese technique of glaze firing linked to the Tea Ceremony. It involves removing the glazed sculpture from the kiln when the glaze is molten.   It is then put in a reduction chamber and covered with sawdust.  The smoke penetrates the clay creating the black crackle. Alternatively I smoke fire the sculptures to create unique colours and designs.