Claire Seneviratne





Medium round smoke-fired pot.

Large round smoke-fired pot.

Small smoke-fired pot.


Mission and vision.
Claire's mission is to continue exploring smoke-firing techniques and further develop the relationship between surface markings, shape and form.
Claire is currently working on new vessel forms and has discovered some exciting new textural combinations using sawdust firing, glazes and metals.

She is showing her work in more exhibitions and galleries this coming year. Her vision is to ignite our imaginations and to help people really engage with the rich variety of art work produced in this area.


Claire 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.
One of Claire's favourite quotes is about vessels and uses the inside space as a metaphor for strength.

‘The way is like an empty vessel that yet may still be drawn from’.

She interprets this as comparing the stillness inside with meditation.

'The crackled glaze and lustres are also often reminiscent of the land. Patterns of fields, forests and sunlight perhaps.
I do see my work as spiritual; it is definitely my way of life, or path.
Its not about one specific religion. Maybe its an amalgamation of them all, or maybe a spirituality of the universe we come from.'


Claire uses porcelain due to its strong resistance to wild temperature changes during the smoke-firing process.Her pots are known as ‘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 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.
The sawdust, smoke and fire, add their own abstract expressions layered with painterly glaze and textural metals.


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All pictures gratefully reproduced by permission from Linda Scannell, 
Stefan Hanegraaf, David Fawbert, Theodora Philcox and Cat Hamilton.
All artists pictures © artists themselves

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