Unique ceramic wren sculpture

A one-of-a-kind unique sculpture of a little owl in stoneware clay with an eye catching glaze.

One of the smallest birds with the biggest voices, the wren is always such a treat to see and I’ve been particularly blessed by these little visitors to my garden over the years.

She’s a fluffed up lady complete with a shiny metallic glaze and enjoys having her head stroked.

Size – Approx 23cm in height

£350

In stock

Free UK delivery!I generally post the next day using Royal Mail’s tracked 24 service, but please allow 5 working days.

International shipping

Cost of international shipping will be added at the checkout and customers are responsible for any customs and duties.

International delivery will take longer but is tracked.

VAT – Price includes VAT at 20% in applicable countries.

Materials

Stoneware clay and glaze.

They can be kept outside but please bring them in if the weather gets really cold.

How they were made

Mud, glorious mud! well, professional-grade stoneware clay from the UK to be precise.

Out of the bag the clay needs, “wedging,” to remove any air trapped that can later cause problems during firing. Wedging is physical and theraputic!

This piece was built using the ancient coiling technique which involves rolling coils and building the shape up in layers to create a hollow form (solid structures are more likely to blow up during firing as any moisture left tries to escape.) It’s a slow process -you can’t rush the build as the form may just collapse under its own weight.

After allowing them to dry a little I was able to shape and sculpt the details to bring out their character.

Next was the bisque firing – a progressive heating programme to reach 1060°C.

Once cooled (48 hours later) I was able to hand paint three layers of metallic glaze.

Next was the glaze firing – this time the temperature reaches 1245°C, this is where the alchemy and magic happens and gives the surface the final appearance.

To finish off the sculpture I added a separately fired black clay base which was then attached to her.