A-8 “Martin Brothers-style Tobacco Jar”
The first birds I made were inspired by the Martin Brothers…4 potter brothers who made a remarkable variety of brilliant work around the turn of the last century near London, England. They are most famous for what came to be called “Wally Birds”, lidded jars based on a tobacco jar with realistic birds with human expressions. I’ve never been interested in making reproductions, but I love to use work from the past as a jumping off point for a new idea. I’ve made a number of different variations over the years but this piece harkens back to the very first I made.With a crackle slip and my new ash glaze…and spectacles.
10″h x 6.5″.