Handcrafted pileated pottery woodpecker slowly made with careful observation to details As a trained biologist Barb made her living by looking at the natural world to determine commonality and evaluate deviations from it, and explore how adaptation leads to success in biological communities. She has applied these skills in the creative pursuit of making birds and fish out of clay.
Barb took a medium sized ball of clay and threw a closed form on her pottery wheeel. Then she waited for the clay to dry to that perfect not to wet and not too dry stage, right when it was malleable without collapsing under pressure. From there Barb cut the form off the batt and started the shaping process. A little compression in some areas and pulling out the clay for the tail feathers, the beak and the crest. Some molding for wings and feathers and then he was allowed to dry some more. These two steps took several hours to complete. Once the bird was leather hard Barb carved out details on the head and body and cut holes for the legs. Once the woodpecker was completely dry he went into the kiln for a 12 hour firing at a max of 1888 F. Underglaze was hand painted on and a top coat of clear glaze was applied, then back to the kiln for another firing. The final piece in his creation involved securing copper tubes for his legs mounting him to a piece of old, slow growth juniper that Barb collected on a hike in Utah. He is constructed for mounting on a wall.
Isn't he majestic! Is he right for your walls?