Lillian Pitt Native American Raku Pottery "Warm Springs Woman" Mask
Lillian Pitt Native American pottery Warm Springs Woman mask. Raku pottery with suede fringe. Signed at back and dated, I believe the date reads 1986. Measures 16" x 10" x 4".
As found on Lillian Pitt site: Clay masks were my first works of art, and I still create clay masks today. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to get my hands working in clay.
I’m a “Native American” artist, but I love the idea of working in contemporary media. I work in many different types of media, but as for the type of clay I work in, I work with raku, anagama, and porcelain.
I feel totally at one with the story I want to tell when I develop a clay mask or sculpture. And I can actually feel the emotions of the pieces when I work on them. I feel the conflicts, the joys, the sorrows and the awe — all of these feelings can come out when I create clay masks or sculptures. They each take on their own unique identity, and I get attached to each and every piece.
I don’t create as many clay masks and sculptures as I used to, because I’m older now, and working in clay is very hard work. So many of the masks I make today are what I call “mini” masks. Sometimes I make them so that people can wear them as jewelry, other times I make them so people can hang them in groups on their walls.