Hawk Bird Sculpture

A unique sculpture of a Hawk in a metallic glaze with an additional lustre

Over recent years I’ve been able to watch in awe as a female sparrowhawk swoops across my garden in search of lunch. Her speed and agility leave me speechless, and very often she will be outside at the same time as me – I don’t seem to be any worry to her.

Her piercing eyes look directly at me, she is incredible. I’ve heard many stories of people shoo-ing sparrowhawks away “to protect their garden birds.” I always feel bad, they’re all part of the eco system. I refuse to favour one species over another.

This head study is a tribute to our beautiful sparrowhawk.

Size – Approx 26cm in height by 29cm in length. Hollow inside without a base.

Material – Stoneware clay and glaze. She has had a pearlescent lustre applied and fired on top of the glaze. Stamped underneath with my logo.

Weight– Approx 6kg

Free delivery – Please allow 5 working days, rushed orders can be arranged at an extra cost.

VAT – Included VAT at 20%


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How she was 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 head study 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 her to bring out her character.

Next was the bisque firing – a progressive heating programme to reach 1000°C.

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

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.

Except in her case, she was treated to a layer of pearlescent lustre before being fired again to 800°C.