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Friday Mask Class – Greg Gregg

June 16, 2023
July 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Willamette Art Center, 2330 17th Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301   View map


We will explore design and construction of masks from simple to complex. How to decide on surface treatment and glazes. Masks can be flat or. Formed to fit the face. Masks can be decorative, to hang on a wall or garden fence, or they may be intended to be worn. If they are to be worn, we will have different challenges. Whatever plan you have for your mask, the object of creating one is to enjoy the opportunity to let your shaman loose. No experience is necessary.

Clay provided. Open studio included. Limited to 10 students age 16 years & up.

$120 for 4 weeks

Class meets weekly from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Friday June 16 – Friday July 14 (No class July 7)

I became interested in masks when I saw one of ancient and simple design. It was the antiquity that intrigued me. I have made many masks since then, always looking for simplicity and antiquity. People make masks for many reasons. They present a strangeness to the world. They free expression because they erase identity. When the drums are beating and the fire blazes in the fire pit, when the moon is dark and the stars are wheeling overhead, the spirits call out. They howl and cavort around the fire. Some of us find ourselves in tune with these spirits and we need only put on a mask to join them. A blanket and something wispy cloth to wave about is never a bad idea. But the most important part of dancing with the spirits is the mask. Of course there is also the quandary before going to the fire circle. It is always better to have options, “Which mask should I wear?” than to have to admit, “I don’t have a single mask to wear.”

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