Douglas Fey Pottery
Selecting your Bird Gargler
After viewing the many and varied Bird Garglers in “My Albums of Critters” the hard part of choosing begins.
When making a selection you may choose one shown in an album and note it by its identification label, or you may select a specific type of Gargler that has characteristics like some of the ones you have seen in the albums; you may note the specific characteristics you like. Or you may simply order a general type of Gargler and let my imagination and creativity go wild!
Please keep in mind that the pieces shown in the albums represent only a few of my past works. I have tried to include pieces that show a range of possibilities.
The items shown in the albums are labeled as either glazed or unglazed, however, any item can be made with either type of finish.
Glazed or Unglazed?
Which style is your choice?
All items are available either glazed or unglazed. Your choice is primarily an aesthetic decision. Which do you like best?
Both styles are fired the same number of times to the same temperature, and both can remain outside all year without damage; both styles have virtually the same durability. The glazed items have a "waxier" surface and a more "old world" look to them, more like stone, while the unglazed items have a "dryer" surface and are brighter and more colorful.
The glazed pieces are coated with a waxy "grayish stone" colored glaze over which additional colors are applied. During firing the colors blend and become muted.
The unglazed pieces have a "dry" surface and basic color typical of red terra cotta. The color stains are applied directly to the unglazed clay and remain more distinct and vibrant after firing.
I will be happy to explain further when you order.