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Ceramic Birds and Sunbirds

August 28, 2017

Happy Bank Holiday weekend to those of my readers in old Blighty and a great start to the week for everyone else.

At least three of my favourite ceramic designers included birds in their collections. To be honest their work still has a passion and delight for me, some fifty plus years after it was designed. Look at these colourful chaps created by Aldo Londi for Bitossi.

I equally admire the very stylised work of John Clappison for Hornsea Pottery. Imagine shaking these salt and pepper, rooster and hen pots, to add salt to your eggs in the morning !

A few beautifully textured and rounded pieces by Stig Lindberg.

Some wonderfully contained and free-formed pieces from Robert Jefferson and Lisa Larson.

Or these slightly more up to date and simplistic beauties from Makoto Kagoshima.

Which ones are  your favourites ? I’ve been inspired by the bird idea for quite some time now, so decided to get some ideas together and make some of my own. These are the very rough early drafts.

Based on a combination of my textures, suns and bird drawings. I’m calling these Sunbirds !

And I like the idea of making some tile / wall plaques too, using my pattern background as a a form of decoration.

Watch out for more as my ideas develop. All thoughts and comments appreciated as usual.









8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2017 9:23 am

    Looking Fantastic, no flies on you matey. You’ll have my kiln filled in no time. I particularly like the long beaked birdie. Can’t wait to see how you tackle the next step

    Love Sarah

  2. August 28, 2017 5:26 pm

    I LOVE all these colorful and fun birds, Kagoshima’s less so, although I clicked on the link and I do like his more colorful creations. Your work is coming along nicely.

  3. Deirdre O'Sullivan from Australia permalink
    August 29, 2017 2:39 pm

    What a joy to see these beautiful birds – they just sing the 60’s and 70’s! I think your wall plaques are divine – all they need is a blazing turquoise glaze, and your work will rival Aldo Londi’s!
    I’m going to slap around some lovely soft terracotta clay, and give it a go myself, now – I’m a bit of a crafty old bird!

    • September 1, 2017 8:24 am

      Thanks Deidre for your lovely comments. As it happens I have selected one colour to partially glaze them, and it just happens to be a turquoise / blue lol Great minds eh !!

  4. Denise Wilks-Docteur permalink
    September 11, 2017 8:40 am

    Are they out of the kiln yet ? Love to see how the turquoise glaze worked out on your textured birds.

    • September 11, 2017 2:30 pm

      Thanks Denise, it takes a wee bit longer than that I’m afraid as it’s a friends kiln who doesn’t live so near to me. I have to get over there, wait for her to have enough pieces to fill a kiln load and then for me to get back over and collect them, before anyone can see anything. Lol appreciate the enthusiasm but watch this space in a few weeks time.

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