ANJA PENGER-ONYETT

 

I started working with ceramics over 25 years ago by attending

Ceramic courses and evening classes. I got hooked on clay from then on.

Since 2008 I am a full-time potter.

 

Most of my work is thrown on the potters wheel, using white stoneware clay, which can be fired to high temperatures and allows the colours of the glazes to come through.

I am inspired by Japanese and Chinese style glazes, - celadons, tenmokus, oxblood copper red.

To achieve these glazes the work has to be fired in a kiln with an

open flame (gaskiln).

 

At a certain point during the firing the atmosphere is being starved of Oxygen by closing a damper over the flue exit. This creates a reduction atmosphere and the very oxygen-hungry flame has to find the oxygen from the glazes.

Magically copper green turns into red and iron honey-brown into greens or blues.

 

I mix all my glazes from raw materials and I never stop experimenting!

 

My work is functional (Bowls, Vases, Plates) as well as decorative/sculptural (Meteorites, Elemental). Due to the high firing temperature the decorative work can be kept outside all year round.

 

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