During 2011, I was privileged to train under maestro Antonio Fava in Italy for a four-week intensive course in Commedia dell’Arte.  Ever since, I have been teaching Commedia to students and have been in need of traditional Commedia masks.  During the summer of 2015, I finally dedicated time to crafting masks for an upcoming Commedia production I will be directing in the winter of 2016. Below you will find some pictures of the masks and the mask-making process. 

The masks were first sculpted in clay, then cast in plaster. The masks were then made using a neoprene slip casting process. Multiple copies could be manufactured of each mask.  Below is a picture of all of the masks primed and ready for painting:


All of these masks can now be purchased on my Etsy shop, JW Masks. Various other pictures of the masks can also be found on the site.

I also make traditional leather commedia masks. I studied leather mask making under Antonio Fava in the spring of 2016, and have created five leather designs to date. The pic below is of my very first leather mask design. 

Mask Photos