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″