On the left you see Tracy's mask when it came out of the kiln after the first firing. Tracy has used black high fire clay (1200 degrees) from Ceradel. While the clay is still moist she has painted on the white which is made from white high fire clay and water. The mask was left to dry for 3-4 weeks and was then fired.
The colour was added. Tracy has used various liquid clays - and in the hollow on the nose she added some mosaic pieces. The mask was fired at 980. Finally Tracy added hair to the mask.
This is also a sculpture made from black high fire clay. After the first firing an extremely shiny black metallic glaze was added and the piece was fired a econd time at 980 degrees.
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This week my congratulations go to a newcomer in the Thursday class - Frances.
Frances says she is a beginner when it comes to working in clay and has joined the class to learn. This is something we have all been through at some time. Tracy (functioning teacher) and Frances decided on an exercise that is fun and usually gives good results: - a mask.
The clay they chose was a high-fire black clay. Its easy to work with, it seldom cracks, it dries quickly and it fires well. After finishing the mask - Tracy suggested adding some white bits. This has 2 purposes - firstly the contrast to the black looks good and secondly - if you want to add colour, it's easier to have a pale colour underneath.
Here you see the result after the firing:
Next step was to decide on how to finish the project. The alternatives are many. Frances decided on going for acrylics. Most of the white areas were covered. In addition Frances added some bits of glass and an earring.
Now the mask is up on a wall. Doesn't it look great.