Claire Seneviratne ceramicist
Smoke fired pots with gold lustre
Claire is a ceramic artist who creates smoke-fired pots, smoke and lustre fired jewellery. She is a selected professional member of the Craft potter’s association and the crafts council awarded her a setting up grant to start her business. She uses porcelain due to its strong resistance to wild temperature changes during the smoke-firing process.
Claire's pots are ‘fine art pots’ and are not functional. They are not suitable for holding water due to the porous quality of the unglazed burnished clay which is necessary for smoke-firing. She is very interested in shape and form and loves to explore how the exteriors relate to the interiors and how the surface quality effects the whole essence of the pot. Claire partly glazes her pots and partly burnishes them. Glaze is a thin layer of glass and is fired onto the surface of the pot. She burnishes the unfired clay with a smooth piece of glass (a lightbulb!). Burnishing is very time consuming but well worth it, as in the smoke-firing process the burnished areas become carbonised with beautiful ethereal markings.