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At PCC, we love to give exposure to accomplished clay artists, and we have another to add to our list! Here is Ann Harrington, who has been doing some
beautiful work combining hand sculpted polymer clay masks with stained glass ornamentation. Please meet Ann, in her own words...

"After a lifelong interest in art I finally got the chance to study after my children were grown. I studied oil painting with my instructor Lady Prevatt. Upon entering my first art show I was quite inspired by the fact that I sold quite a few paintings.

I later studied in Scottsdale, Arizona with Kenneth Freeman, who has been called the Rembrandt of the Rodeo, as his main focus is western paintings. His counsel has been an enormous help to me, and I will always be indebted to him for his encouragement and wonderful teaching style.

My focus then went off into three dimensional directions, and this took the form of sculpted masks combined with stained glass. After conferring with two successful artists it was agreed that this is a new direction for these media and should be pursued. The result is what you see in the photos, and I hope it will please you.

I have chosen to do some of these masks as "series". The first series was called "Seasons" and appropriately had one for each season. To my delight, they all have been sold! I have now begun a new series entitled "The Myers Ave. Ladies". In this series I will be concentrating on the ladies of the Red Light district of Crippled Creek, Colorado. The first one being worked on is entitled "Rose" - the women went by fictitious names, and the masks will not portray anyone in particular.

I hand sculpt each face and never, under any circumstances, will I use molds. Each face in a unique individual, and I couldn't do any two identical even if I wanted to. When the mask is complete I decide what type of stained glass of backing should go with each, and combine them to bring them to life."

A Sampling of Ann's Work




Spring - Side View

Summer - Side View

Winter - Side View

This is one of my native american masks of a Mandan Warrior. I did this on the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. After completing the face I then apply horse tail hair and the necessary ornamentation.
Ann Harrington
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