African Tribal Mask




  1. With a rolling pin on canvas, roll out a piece of moist clay ¼” thick between wooden slats.
  2. Form over the hump side of CD-1076 Oval Tray using a sandbag. Trim off excess clay.
  3. Draw on placement of facial features.
  4. Add clay to form the nose, eyelids and mouth.
  5. Use a straight edge to trace on headband design. Sgraffito in headband and the zigzag design.
  6. Press in triangle shape using press tool from CD-1075 Small Design Press Tools all around the headband, the head, and the forehead details.
  7. Press in the circle shape from the press mold for the circle detail on cheeks and chin and around eyelids and nose.
  8. Allow to dry completely.
  9. Bisque fire to shelf cone 04.


  1. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of SC-31 The Blues to the blue sections of the face. While still wet, use a CB-106 #6 Script Liner to apply SC-65 Peri-Twinkle to the highlighted areas to lighten.
  2. Brush in SC-32 Bluebeard to the shadow areas of the facial features to give depth.
  3. Apply 2-3 coats of SC-27 Sour Apple to the cheeks and the chin. Brush on strokes over and under the eyes.
  4. Apply 2-3 Coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale to the lips. Thin SC-32 Bluebeard to wash over the lips to dull the red.
  5. Apply color to the triangles using an AC-223 Large Writer Tip with SC-74 Hot Tamale and SC-75 Orange-A-Peel.
  6. Dot the circles with SC-15 Tuxedo
  7. Use the sponge-on-a-stick to pat the ST-379 Totem Blanket stamp with SC-15 Tuxedo. Press the totem design on the large areas of the blue color. Allow to dry.
  8. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06



  • 5 lbs of low-fire clay body (Cone 06/05)
  • CD-1076 Oval Tray (discontinued)


  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-31 The Blues
  • SC-32 Bluebeard
  • SC-53 Purple Haze
  • SC-65 Peri-Twinkle
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel

Design Tools

  • Sponge-on-a-stick 1¼” diameter
  • AC-223 Large Writer Tip Kit
  • CB-106 – #6 Script Liner
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CD-1075 Small Designs Press Tools (discontinued)
  • ST-379 Totem Blanket Stamp

Additional Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper towels
  • Sandbag