Exploring Art… Pyrography
Pyrography means “writing with fire”. The art of pyrography is more commonly known as wood burning or pokerwork. This traditional art uses heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto materials such as wood, leather and even paper. Burning can be done with modern solid-point tools, hot wire tools, metal implements heated in a fire, or even by concentrating sunlight with a magnifying glass.
The process of pyrography has been practiced by a number of cultures including the Egyptians and some African tribes since the dawn of recorded time. Pyrography has become a very sophisticated art form. With modern techniques pyrography can be as simple or sophisticated as the artist desires.
Pyrography artwork often stands by itself with only woodburning used to create the piece, or can be mixed with paint to highlight a piece. I’ve featured both in this blog. The art can often be found on functional pieces, as well as, display pieces.
Below are some wonderful original pyrography arts. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift.
- Portrait of a Hare by Lauren Gray
- Sweet Promise by Angie Rea
- Happiness by Jo Schwartz
- Angel by Stephanie Ryan
- Iris by Jenny Germann
- Pink Flamingo by Cate McCauley
- Decorative Gourd by Vanessa Hughes