Flock of Seagulls

I’m not sure what kind of bird these are really, Steve Cymrot called them crows. I think of Heckle and Jeckle (check ’em out on youtube)  sometimes…and I don’t think that I’ve shown any good photos of the birds that came out the last firing but they’ve been a big hit and I really enjoyed making them. So much so that I’m devoting a big part of the next firing to our avian friends, both big garden sculptures and smaller lidded ones. It is a very different way to work than making breakfast bowls and mugs, but I’m interested in playing more and this is really cracking me up!
 This two faced bird has me really excited…I only had a vague idea that two might be better than one and for some reason this form made it easy. It has given me a bunch of new ideas to try…
 So far this is the biggest, reaching almost 40″ tall. I’m guessing that there way more than 1000 ‘feathers’
Here is a thrown piece before I have my way with it…
This is a 10″x10″ cylinder with 4 faces. A champagne bucket for four! It is a study of sorts for a totem-like piece that I’m dreaming of…stacking a bunch of pieces together with giant birds wrapped around it.
These will be smaller lidded birds, starting with 1 -2 pounds of clay.

12 Responses to “Flock of Seagulls”

  1. Kings Creek Pottery

    Fantastic birds! I wonder if they would scare off the squirrels on my bird feeders? Imagine setting one up to glare out the window and any potential interlopers…

  2. Vicki

    Wow, they are wonderful! I often make two-headed birds so I especially like your bird with two faces. Great direction you are going with these, and I love the glazing on the finished one!

  3. S_crack

    Your birds are fantastic, Dan! I like them all, but think that the tall one (“1000 feathers?”)is particularly powerful. The “Janus” bird is intriguing, as well.
    Keep up the great work!


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