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.

  • Angel by Stephanie Ryan

  • Iris by Jenny Germann


3 Responses to “Exploring Art… Pyrography”

  1. Thanks for featuring my pyrography piece!!!! The other featured pieces are beautiful!!!! I have been a fan of Lauren Gray’s for sometime now. She was the one that inspired me to try wood burning! I love this medium and recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different.

  2. Thanks so much for including my piece as well. Awesome blog post!!

  3. Thank you for including my strawberry blossoms piece! Also for giving some attention to the beautiful art of pyrography.

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