Q: What exactly is a face casting?
A: A face casting captures the detail of a person's features in a medical grade plaster gauze bandage. It takes about 10 minutes start to finish and I then have a perfect mold of the face. This creates a perfect holographic illusion with the use of lighting. From here I take this casting back to my studio and use it to create a finished work of art in ceramic. Wall masks, teapots, cookie jars. Even wedding goblets can be made by reducing the casting of your face.
Q: How is a face casting made?
A: I use a light coating of vaseline to protect the facial hairs; eyebrows, eyelashes, mustache and beard, then plaster gauze bandage is layered on to the features. It is smoothed over to capture the little details that make up the face. Even teeth can be cast. It takes me less than 10 minutes from start to finish to get an exacting mold. I then use baby wipes for clean up.
Q: Why would anyone want this done to them?
A: Traditionally it was only nobility and royalty that could afford or would consider having a casting made. They would do it to preserve their ancestry. The process became more accessible and modern techniques brought the casting time down from 45 minutes to 10 minutes. More and more people use it to document the growth of their family. As children grow it makes an excellent way to capture their youth and preserve it for their descendants to see. It offers you the chance to touch people in the future with who you are now, continuing the Royal concept of Ancestral Masking.
Q: What else do you cast?
A: Anything. My favorite piece is the double body casting. Two people snuggle into each other's arms. This casting takes about 17 to 25 minutes. The finished piece makes a work of art that's timeless in it's beauty.
Hands are a very popular casting. I make two, three, four or more hands intertwined into an eternal embrace. This is perfect for a family that wants to document a child as young as three.
There really is no limit to what can be created.
Q: What is a person going to pay to have a finished work made?
A: My prices start at $35 for the initial casting of the face in plaster gauze. Wall masks in clay start at $115. The double body casting is $1875 total. The average price for a exquisite wall mask is about $245.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ann Lyneah Curtis
1029 KC 434
Harper, Texas 78631
830 864 5327