Hand-built stoneware – Bisque Fired


Hand-built coiled pot which has been Bisque fired prior to being smoke fired.
Unglazed and therefore unsuitable to contain liquid.

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Artist: Sheena McMahon

Product Reference No: A-151420

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Dimensions 12 x 12 x 25 cm
(Width x Depth x Height)

Sheena McMahon

I set up my studio in 1985,since that time, although my work has undergone considerable development  there are certain elements that have remained constant. The pieces are all hand built using stoneware or earthenware, I consider that this method of building – using coil or slab – enables me the opportunity to instil individuality into each piece. Some forms are burnished at the leather hard stage prior to being bisque fired; these pieces are the smoke fired in a sawdust kiln and finished by being polished with beeswax.  This way of working has its roots firmly in ancient times and the colours achieved sit well on the surface of the pot and become part of it. Other pots are coiled or constructed using slabs, these pieces are glazed and some have oxides sprayed onto the surface before being fired. Both of these methods of working produce finished pieces which have subtly coloured surfaces. Emphasis is placed upon form and structure as opposed to decoration, and set within the boundaries of basic, traditional themes. My ceramics are not functional, in the utilitarian sense of the word, but they are derived from a culture of making pots.     Sheena McMahon

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