I seem to be obsessed lately with making faces---clay faces! I've been taking clay classes for more than a year now & it seems that quite a number of my projects are faces.
When I began I intended to make only one. I pressed the terra cotta clay into a mold, carved leaves & vines into it when it was leather hard & added leaves & a flower instead of hair. She is finished in a deep bronze color & is named Ophelia.
When I realized she was a good representation of Earth, I created a series of 3 more using the same basic mold. Number 2 became Pyro representing Fire. The third is Algae or Water. Fourth is Zephyr who, of course, is Air/Wind.
I've since made a 5th that is not part of the series, even tho I used the same mold for the basic face. I'm still trying to find a name for him. To me he represents a person who tries to be so open minded he has no thoughts or convictions of his own.
The mold for all of them is about 7-8" long.
I've abandoned the mold for the time being & created another series of 5 more faces. I just modeled these from balls & slabs of clay. These vary in size from about 4" to 6" & are named Monkshoods. They remind me of hooded monks or flowers---There is a flowering plant named Monkshood.