This piece is one of a series depicting elements of fire and earth. In “Flame” I was imagining the flickering red, blue, and golden hues found within fire.
My masks are portraits of the various elemental life forces that populate nature, mythology, and folklore. This mask is the personification of a mysterious and profound force in our lives.
This mask was fired in reduction with oxides and glaze, and is wired to be mounted on the wall. When fired in reduction, the oxides and glaze pull oxygen from the clay body and the glaze chemicals, resulting in an almost magical transformation that is never completely predictable.