~Put A Bird On It~
Glazed Porcelain Bird
in a wire cage.
3.5"h x 3"w
A few weeks ago, my wife who spends a great deal of time in the blogosphere came across a video from a new television show called "Portlandia". It was titled "Put A Bird On It", and featured Fred Armisen from SNL, playing one of a pair hired to tweak a design boutique. Their solution to all sad and ordinary things was to put a bird on it and it would be magically transformed into something desirable. I know the reason that this is sooooo funny to me is that I know how true it is and I certainly use the "bird" at the studio quite a bit. Pictured above is an early version of a "Sweet Tweet" which I started to make last spring to hang in the many windows of our side porch. The red and blue seemed to be the most popular but I made them in just about every color for a while.
*very early version & no longer available.
Some of the very first sweet tweets were made using oval tart tins as bases. There is also very old sheet music lining the bottom of the cage.
*Current version of design.
Every time I made a few more of these popular little guys I would change the design slightly. The most recent (pictured above) has a base made from repurposed cardboard and the bird is made from painted fimo clay rather than glazed porcelain. I personally prefer the matt surface on the bird, but what do you think? I'm not sure if I will be making more of these birds but that's what I always say. There are still a few left in the shop so give me a call if you are interested in purchasing one. They're cute wherever they hang or sit. 360-466-2303