This is a ceramic mask that has been raku fired. For those who don’t' know Raku is a glazing method in which you remove the piece form the kiln when it is at about 2000 degrees, then you put it into a large vessel, like a metal trashcan, that is filled with shredded newspaper. the smoke causes a reduction atmosphere which gives the glaze its metallic sheen. This piece has some iridescent parts to it but they didn't show up in the pic like they do in person. This piece is dedicated to my friend Jon Oliver who inspired me to try my hand at this. He has done a series of Japanese inspired masks.