I made these in my beginning ceramic class. I can't wait to hang them up, I just need some chain!
The birdhouse is coil built. It is built to the size that wrens and chickadees prefer, 4 inches in diameter at the bottom, about 9 inches deep, with the 1 1/4 inch hole about 6 inches above the bottom. These little birds like cathedral ceilings!
It is stoneware clay, fired to cone 10. The glaze was complicated, despite its' look. The branches took four coats, plus a coat of wax resist! The body is glazed in a lovely, subtle celadon.
The inside is left unglazed, to give little baby birds a way to climb out when it's time to leave the nest!
Holes in the back for ventilation. There are also holes in the bottom for drainage.
The top removes for easy cleaning. Strong branches provide a place to hang it from beside the lid. next time I will use cables to make a lid that slides up, but I didn't have access for this go. This angle makes it look crooked. Hehe.
A matching bird feeder! Same glazes, but this one was slab built.
Perches for hungry birdies.
I can't wait to put birdseed in it and see the first bird come to visit!