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Ceramic birdbath on oak plinth
A lot of care goes into making our unique birdbath, from choosing the best local oak from Clisset Woods just outside Ledbury, to preparing the clay before rolling and molding it into a large porcelain shape. We then allow it about a week to dry, after which we biscuit fire it very slowly to 1000 degrees in the kiln.
Why we use oak
We decided the base of the birdbath should be of the finest oak because it is strong, durable, very resistant to moisture and the elements, and to fungal and insect attack. The assortment and complexity of patterns on the wood give it an appearance other hardwoods cannot match, and change as time passes – displaying prominent rings, vertical stripes, wavy figures, intermittent flecks, ray-like projections or any combination of these patterns as can be seen in the images.
After the first firing we let the ceramic birdbath cool down slowly and then apply the glaze before firing it to 1270 degrees. It will come out of the kiln a strong and frost resistant product.
The neck beneath the ceramic bowl can then be slipped into the hole at the top of the oak base and bonded with adhesive for extra safety. We recommend that the oak base is placed safely and securely on a concrete foundation.
The ceramic birdbath is currently available in a celadon (pale green) glaze, and measures 48cms in diameter and 10cms deep. The oak plinth measures 25cms x 25cms x 55cms (Medium) or 25cms x 25cms x 75cms (Large).