Hen #2 - Pie Bird Funnel

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Hen #2 - Pie Bird Funnel

Hen #2  - Pie Bird Funnel

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This is a beautifully sculptural Pie Funnel / Pie Bird that is individually handmade by me in my workshop.  As you can see from the website I have a number of Hens available, each one is individually made by hand which gives each of them a unique character.  

I start by throwing the traditional pie funnel base on my potters wheel.  

The next stage is to sculpt / model in clay my pie bird hen.  I start with a ball of clay which is modeled into the basic body shape.  The tail is sculpted from a flat piece of clay and attached to the body.  The textured features are added with a special modelling tool. 

Finally the eyes are modeled in and its amazing how the hen instantly comes to life, developing its own character.  I usually make these in groups of three and it is amazing how they all turn out differently.

The completed hen is then attached to the pie funnel base. 

This is a functional piece, with the steam escaping through the body of the hen.

Please note: I do NOT use slip casting molds 

The piece is then put to one side for about a week to thoroughly dry.  At this point I decorated it in beautiful autumn colours.

After glazing the Pie Bird Funnel is is fired in my kiln to 1250 C

Dimensions height approx 4" (100mm)  x width 2.5" (60mm)  , 


Enquire about this item: steve@stevewoodheadceramics.co.uk

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