Mixed media bird sculptures created by Hampshire Collegiate School students are currently on show in the ‘Art in the Gardens’ exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey.
Inspired by artist Shirley Vauvelle, Year 7 students have constructed bird sculptures from clay, metal, wood and feathers. They started their sculptures by making thumb pots from stoneware clay. These were closed at the top and formed into bird shapes. The damp clay was then decorated with impressed marks using found objects, resulting in a variety of surface textures and patterns. After the first firing, the students applied metal oxides and a layer of glossy transparent glaze to the birds which were then fired again. Finally, they were mounted onto metal rods inserted into a log base.
The birds will be on display from now until the Autumn.