Ceramic birds made out of air drying clay

Ceramic birds made out of air drying clay

Using a series of bird templates I can quickly create several bird shapes at a time. The most time consuming part is smoothing down the edges.  Each bird has a unique design I create using dowel and other modelling tools. For ideas I look at traditional Folk art and although the birds work well in plain white I have begun to experiment with colour.

In the future I hope to be able to use a kiln to fire the birds made out of traditional modelling clay,  but at the moment I'm using air drying clay, which is quite delicate.