colourful ceramic owl

Colourful Ceramic owl

A little ceramic owl sculpture made to bring you joy!

Because owls can be colourful! Well, these ceramic ones can be. This one has had a good feed and is very happy and sleepy.

Designed to be held and loved, each owl starts as a lump of clay which I shape and form by hand.

Sorry, this one sold.

Delivery

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.

Packaging

Critters come wrapped in tissue paper presented in a gift box ready for their new owner.

Packaging materials are recycled/recyclable.

Packing peanuts are made of corn starch so can be planted/composted.

Materials

Stoneware clay, underglazes and glaze.

Stamped underneath with my logo.

How the ceramic collectable critters are made

All of my sculptures are born from mud. It’s fancy mud with added stuff in it, but it’s essentially mud.

Once I’ve prepped the clay, I create two identical spheres.

Using the pinch-pot technique I make them into two bowls, which are then scored and joined.

Once the hollow sphere is a little firmer, I then create the shape of the critter by smoothing it with my hands.

After which I’ll add details like the eyes.

Once they’ve dried off a bit I can refine them further, and once completely dry I can give them a last smoothing.

Bisque Firing

When I’m happy with them I carefully load the kiln – which I like to pre-heat for a few hours just to make sure there’s no moisture left in the clay that might cause any explosions.

The temperature will then steadily rise to about 1050°C then left to cool for about 24 hours before I can empty it.

Underglazing

Once cooled (usually 24-48 hours later) I can sand them then brush them down before applying coloured underglazes – usually 2-3 layers hand painted on.

Glazing

They’re then left another 24 hours before having a clear glaze applied on top – again another 3 layers.

Then once they’re dry, I’ll clear any glaze from underneath to help stop them sticking to the kiln shelf .

I’ll score around their eyes and then it’s back into the kiln for the glaze firing. This time the temperature reaches about 1245°C

It can take a good 24-48 hours before the pieces are cool enough to handle.

Then it’s quality check time, and if I’m happy with them, they get a stamp on their bottom, their photo taken and then they’re released back into the wild.