Clay now complete for the ‘runciple raven’ and mould made for Comedia Bird Zanni.
Broken all the rules of symmetry and found a new abstraction with enhanced lines and planes.  It will be a dark mask which may make the asymmetry more subtle.     This new departure from my norm is reflecting my learning from students this year.     It is so true that teaching encourages self as artist, to reflect and question one’s own practice. Feeling revitalised by the experience of the last two years and particularly of the last month now that I have had some time and have a reason the engage meaningfully in my own practice.

Working on a new Commedia Dell’Arte Mask.   This one to be birdlike.

I am finding something Raven’ish, a bit of a trickster. More intelligent that at first appears. A Scruffy Raven or Crow.

First drawings and into Clay.

Maybe a Crow with a Crumpled Beak! Where will this character go?

Soon to find out.

Meanwhile other orders are drying in their moulds.

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Mask Making first with five days at Nottingham Trent Theatre Design Department with  28 second year students followed by Guildhall School of Music and Drama and 7 first year students for just two days.

Both working to a design brief and playing within the spectrum of  ‘The Human Animal’.

Both groups producing work of a very high technical and sculptural standard and both making work which is highly usable as a theatre mask.

Bravo to you all. I have loved working with you all.