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STACEY JOHNSON

I created a series of 100 faces or masks for this show. The process started by making primitive clay molds of all of the larger sculptures I have recently made. I bisque fired those molds and then was able to use them for negatives in which to press varying clay bodies for the faces. Each was manipulated and changed as a sort of small study- a sketch in clay. Many evolved into larger sculptures, and I very much enjoyed the entire process and freedom of working with the molds and altering the form. No two are alike, and they are each fired multiple times. I also experimented with firing processes, and the masks in this show are fired to different temperatures and using a variety of firing techniques: electric kiln, gas, soda firing, and raku.