In several cultures, humans have developed different ways of blending in with nature, re-interpreting ourselves as individuals by wearing elements on our bodies such as masks or jewelry, everything that adorns us, that accompanies us, that dresses us.
Ceramics have played an important role in witnessing these objects that were often used in ritual ceremonies, battles, celebrations, and animal hunting. In order to embody new characteristics within our own sense of humanity, using animal symbols wishing to have their strength, adding fangs, and feathers, some use symbols, anthropomorphic mixtures, symbols of nature, and representations of gods, among many more symbols, according to each cosmology.
Masks can help us to reveal the identity of who we are or who we would like to be, using the attributes and strengths of animals, colors, elements of nature, symbols and reinterpreting our reality and corporeality.
In this workshop students will be creating masks by hand in clay, based on the idea of identifying in ourselves symbols that represent our identity, relationship with the natural and mythical.