Il Dattore, next stage

The ‘doctor’ bird mask  follows the shape worn by plague doctors in medieval Europe, and the Commedia dell’Arte stock character – representing foolish knowledge.  This is nearly finished now, covered with chopped up computer waste (which resisted said chopping up more than expected) and glass mosaic tiles.

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Mask, tiled and grouted

Nearly there: five shades of green vitreous 10mm tiles, colours are randomly placed except around the eyes, and black around the mouth etc.    Just waiting for the grout to dry a little before final clean up.

tiled mask

tiled mask

Mosaic sun #1

The base for an experimental ‘melted’ mosaic, in raku stoneware paperclay.  This has been covered with a black slip, and when fired will be filled with small black, white and grey mosaic glass tiles – and then fired again.  Hopefully the outcome will be a slumping and spreading and merging at the edges of the glass, while the shapes mostly retain their integrity.  No guarantees though … will see in a couple of weeks

paperclay sun

paperclay sun