Not Every Day is Carnival



15 January 2020

Not Every Day is Carnival Hand-built figurative ceramic sculpture, stained and fired; cold finishes and varnishes; on turned wooden base.

590mm high x 270mm diameter

The irony in this piece is intentional. Masks used in Venetian carnival (which ends with the celebration of Lent each year) often made reference to the “Plague doctor” masks worn as part of a protective suit beginning in the 17th Century. The original masks featured a hollow, beak-shaped nose, typically stuffed with herbs, straw, and spices designed to keep out the foul odours that were thought to spread infection.