|An owl "egg"!|
As in the case of most things concerning birds and bees, these owls began with an egg! A deep bowl was thrown on the wheel and coils of clay added, then thrown some more and more coils added until a height of 13 or 14 inches (33 - 35.5 cm) was reached. The top was carefully collared in with the hands and fingers, and closed over. A wooden rib was used to smooth the top until a pleasing continuous curve was formed. Once completed the "egg" was just over 12.5 inches high (32 cm).
Keeping one of the wooden owls near by for reference, I began shaping the face of the owl, pushing areas in for the eyes, and forming where the beak would be. I mostly used my fingers for this task, but also found the wooden rib and a flexible rubber "kidney" helped a lot.
The next job was making feet, eyes, and tail. The feet, and the eyes are hollow, and air holes lead through the back of the eyes into the body cavity, and there are holes under the feet.
Stamps carved from clay and bisque fired were used to add feather details.
I made two further owls. Each started with a clay "egg", but I did vary the method of making the "eyebrows". Probably the fastest and most effective was to make the eyebrow solid from pellets of clay, then hollow them out from the top using a wire loop tool.
The owl on the left of the photo was the last one made. I turned the "egg" upside down after making it on the wheel, and used the "foot" of the "egg" to make the head of the owl. This gave the owl a better body shape than the larger owl with centre of mass somewhat lower.
So there you have it, a little introduction as to how owls are made!
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