No.30 – Lidded Bird “Oliver” (2010)

In my earliest days as a potter I came across an article about the Martin Brothers Walley Birds.  It was an old black and white feature and I was captivated.  It never occurred to me that I would be drawn to make such a thing but years later I wanted to make a special gift for one of my closest friends.  He was a bird watcher and an amazing supporter of mine.  It occurred to me that I could make my version of these birds as a gift one year.  That first one had a normal birds eye and hence no expression.  I didn’t plan to make more but everyone’s response was full of excitement and positivity.  This encouraged me to make a group.  I showed that group at LibertyTown and they sold out opening night.  This gave me the confidence to further pursue a completely unexpected direction.  These birds have become more than sculptures within my work; manipulating jars, teapots, bowls, ewers, etc. to create anthropomorphic figures.  This bird was made on a trip to England and is one of three that I made there.  His name is Oliver.

7 1/2″h x 5″ x 3 1/2″

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