Bird Bath Seedhead, Navy Red
This little bird bath is neither too big nor too small. It is large enough to be attractive to birds and small enough to be mounted on a 1/4 inch / 0.64 cm metal rod. Overall height of this piece is 14 cm. with a round bowl that is 14cm diameter wide and approximately 2.5 cm deep. This version has a carved undulating pattern that moves around the form, inspired by shape shifting murmurations of birds or schools of fish.
We have some of these in our garden and love to watch song birds splashing around or taking a drink. We even had a crow washing and breaking up a bagel before flying away with pieces.
This handmade item started as a lump of clay and was thrown on a potters wheel. It has been decorated with studio made coloured slips and clear glaze, then fired to 1280 C. The colour will not fade or be washed away.
This item is individually made and may vary slightly in size and colour. Price is per each. Rod not included.
I recommend storing this bath indoors during harsh winter weather. This is because of the greater danger of damage from impact rather than freezing (falling tree limbs, snow blowers, errant hockey pucks..)
We leave our bird feeders and baths outside all year here in Victoria where we rarely have winter temperatures below minus 10 C. My bird feeders have been also tested to minus 30 and survive without problems. The clay is vitrified and I don't anticipate an issue with the baths either. However I do not warranty this as I have not tested these bird baths YET. Show this piece some love and bring it in to be on the safe side.
Mounting Tips for bird baths
This bird bath will accommodate a 1/4 inch / 0.64 cm metal rod. The rod should be firmly seated in the ground before adding the pottery. Please do not use the pottery to push on the rod as the ceramic may crack.
In the centre of the underside of the bowl (inside the piece) there is a ring which forms a divot for the rod to slot into, which will keep the piece upright once installed. The hole in the base is made slightly larger than it needs to be to compensate for shrinkage and possible warping in the kiln. If you find that the piece moves around too much, a bit of tape around the rod just inside the base will make it nice and snug.