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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Birdhouse Factory

I've finally taken some "me" time to make something with all of the reclaimed clay that's been sitting in bags getting perfect.  Considering how infrequently I've thrown lately I was pretty surprised that I went 6 for 6 with the birdhouses.  The one on the far left almost went south when the sides got too thin hence the odd shape.  I'm thinking a hippo.... 

I had seen this slip technique in a couple of videos lately and gave it a try on the first birdhouse.  I'll be doing one of the Garden Series with this one.  I wasn't sure I liked it until I had put all six of the forms together and this one just sang to me.  The slip gives it a great sense of motion that really appeals to me.  But, being the conservative adventurer that I am, I won't be switching over to this look until I see how it looks when it's finished.

Tomorrow, schedule and drying status permitting,  I'll be making these boring forms into some animal and garden birdhouses.

Stay tuned!


  1. The birdhouses are my favorite pieces you make! I can't wait to see what you create! How long until they're in your etsy shop?

    1. Thanks, Nichole! It's hard to tell exactly when they'll be done. So much depend on the drying time. In our lovely Jersey humidity it takes a little longer. Plus, I need to fill the kiln before I can fire it. It's too expensive to run with only half a load. I'm hoping if I can keep doing a little every day I'll be firing in a few weeks.
      I hope you're taking it easy and feeling better real soon.