The breezeway birdhouse fired up nicely. I put two holes in the top to insert two wires so the house can be hung in a tree in the shade. Now that it's fired you can see the green underglaze circle pattern. I put the pattern on the bottom so looking up from the ground there's also a pattern to see. There's a clear satin glaze on the surface. I like this green it blends in with the tree but the purple edges make it just noticeable enough among the leaves. As I look at the birdhouse I could have put leaves and branches on the surface and it would have been camouflaged in the tree.
Will a bird nest in a swinging bird house? Actually it doesn't swing that much. We shall see; Gary hung it up for me and said it looks good in the tree. It's a little surprise in the garden. It is hanging in my sweet gum tree in the yard. I made sure it's in the shade all day long so the ceramic doesn't get hot from the sun hitting it. I also have vent holes in the sides to let heat escape and I put drain holes in the bottom.
Things are not always what they seem. Gary saw a green caterpillar on the sidewalk and immediately said it's a tomato horn worm. But I said wait, I don't think it is; because I didn't see any horns and the body looked different. I decided to look it up before we squished this fat four inch long green caterpillar. We carried the caterpillar over to the forest and he immediately started eating on a fallen leaf.
I am so glad I checked to see what type of caterpillar this was. This is the caterpillar for the Antheraea polyphemus moth, a North American relative of the large silk worm moth. A beautiful moth with eye markings meant to camouflage the fact that this is a moth. Perhaps I'll make a moth birdhouse.
Years ago when I first started in clay, I made the luna moth plate above. It's about 9 inches square, made of stoneware, and has an applied luna moth. It was fired to Cone 10 in reduction. The glaze crawled a little and I didn't get good coverage, but I was learning and having fun working with clay. And I'm still having such great fun with clay. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.