Ceramic Mask Making

The night before our big Boston snow storm I got to sneak in a few hours at the pottery studio. Granted, I spent 2.5 hours cleaning up and organizing the glaze room because I just couldn’t help myself –I made new glaze labels! I saved about 30 minutes to throw on some black mason stain for my mask and quick, sketchy cups. Since this is my first time working with mason stain, I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m not sure how much I’ll decide to wipe off of the cups, but I feel like I’m finally coming into my own style here. If I can find some other artists with similar aesthetic, I’ll probably gobble it all up with my eyes. There’s just something messy, earthy, and organic that I like about playing with mason stain.

The mask will probably shrink just a little bit more than it already has, but I’m not really focused on that right now. As a first attempt, the experimenting is the fun part… gosh, this mask will be so useful. Like, when I need to hide my face… Anyway. I’ll think of something, when in history have we not needed a good ol’ mask every now and then?

A bit of a blotchy mess, but it appeals to me. Maybe, I’ll be able to wipe the stain dust later.

The experimental, slab-rolled cups made from white earthenware clay.

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