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CLAY MASKS
By
Susan Rogers-Aregger

Inspiration for these creations is found within the legends and stories that have been told through the years by the people of the Hawaiian Islands.  These masks are unique and one of a kind, created with a variety of clays and firing techniques (see below).

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"Mask of Pu'uo Malei" (a Goddess)
12X14  Smoke fired clay

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"Mask of Maka pu'u"
14X11  Smoke fired clay

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"Mask of Hina i Ka Malama"
14X11  Smoke fired clay

 

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"Mask of Kahiko"
12X14  Smoke fired clay

 

RAKU  is reduction firing (removal of oxygen), and bright colors, metalics and a "cracked egg" look characteristic of it.

SAWDUST FIRING  is a low fire technique I use to achieve an uneven , smoked look.  Coloring is achieved with acrylic paints that are also fired.

With others I use the kiln, which are ovens (electric, gas or wood) that are used to bake the clay as well as create the colorful glazes that are a glass -like substance baked onto the clay.

The masks can be displayed in several ways:  Hung on a wall (I include a hanger with each), displayed on a stand (plate stands work well), or mounted in a shadow box.

2000 Susan Rogers-Aregger