I seem to make a bird whenever I have an odd lump of clay. Sometimes I start out to make something else but end up with a bird. I use them to test glazes or glaze combinations on different clays – not an organized way to do it, but no one has ever accused me of being organized.
They take up little space in the kiln and I can stick one or two in an odd space under something else. They are mostly fired to cone 5. The 05 ones craze outside even in our mild climate, but the cone 5 birds are happy anywhere.
I am planning to get more indoor plants – especially after sitting in the potted plant room at the conservatory. Besides looking beautiful (if you remember to water and fertilize them, which I sometimes do), plants are great at reducing indoor pollution. Having been greatly sensitized to formaldehyde and other chemicals back when I daily painted large canvases with acrylic paint in a closed studio, reducing formaldehyde exposure is still important to me. And since formaldehyde is present in almost everything, including furniture, rugs and even paper bags, I need a lot of plants. I don’t think I will get to the recommended number, which is 2 plants for every 100 square feet of living space, unless I make tiny forests in the corners of a couple of rooms. I have an areca palm in my living room which is great at filtering formaldehyde. Surprisingly, Chrysanthemum is one of the best pollution filters. Boston fern and spider plants are supposedly very good, but I want tall plants because I have more vertical than horizontal space in my little house. I am looking for a big Philodendron and a Bamboo Palm or small ones that will grow if I remember to fertilize. Then, of course, I’ll have to put a bird in every pot. (Sounds like an old campaign slogan. . .)