Raku Hawk Mask

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Raku Sculpture and Raku Pottery created in Switzerland
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The Hawk Mask is Mythological in it's conceptual creation. It is based upon an interpretation of our hiddon nature. In each of us is a primal expression of the intimate core of knowledge and experience reflected in the outer shell that we perceive as our human body and thinking mind. Our relationship with Nature is more then as a steward. We are inseparable! When I create a piece of work like this I am releasing the boundaries of my human form into the clay.
The Hawk Mask was created in the studio of my brother Milton in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland and fired in the Jura mountains of Switzerland.
The mask is made with a heavy grogged Raku clay and fired in a Raku style that produces the unique affects seen in the picture. The smoked color and crackle lines are typical of this style of pottery and highly sought after. It is approx. 12 inches in diameter
You can see the Hawk Mask in the kiln fire below. The picture was taken just before it was immersed in sawdust to smoke.

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Raku Sculpture Hawk Mask

The Hawk Mask came to life from a moment when freedom of mind body and spirit synchronized into a fluid movement of hands and clay.
The Raku technique is that of a very fast kiln firing to a lower temperature maturity. When maturing temperature is reached (usually from 1750 to 1850 degrees F) the ware is removed immediately and cooled in water. The result is an economical, aesthetically pleasing, pottery that does not cause an offensive sound. Raku has come to mean an appreciation of the natural order of things that are fresh and uncomplicated. Raku expresses the spontaneity of events, almost accidental, where the elegance and uniqueness of "imperfections" may be seen from a perspective of unpretentious beauty.

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