Barb takes big ball of clay and throws a teardrop hollow form on her potter's wheel. Once the air is trapped inside Barb then uses the counter-pressure it offers to shape the head, back and then pull the beak. It's a fun process to watch the character of these large birds develop and take on their own character. Once the birds are leather hard Barb pokes a hold in the base of them, shapes them further, adds wings and tail feathers and sometimes cuts and alters the head. Of course they require a fair amount of carving to bring out the distinguishing feature of the species.
Each bird is hand-painted to reflect the species it will become, often one that has be frequenting her bird feeders. The fun part is that with fly paths and seasonal variability, this flock is ever changing. Each bird is over 6" tall, most are within 1" of the actual size.
These birds play hommage to Barb's time as a field ecologist where many days were spent scouring wetlands, lakes and waterways collecting data to determine the quality of the habitat and it's importance to the watershed.