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Pottery Birdhouses at the Pottery Show

Here is a fun pottery project you can make whether you are a beginner or a pro and even children and friends can do it.
Using the slab pottery building method, no pottery wheel needed.
We have put up a video on the technique used in building the pottery birdhouses. The only figuring you will need to do is deciding which birds you will be welcoming into your yard. The size of hole for the bird house is an important decision. You can find a list of birds and the hole size chart below.

All of my ceramic birdhouses are individually handmade; no molds are used in their creation. Made of quality stoneware clay, each completed birdhouse is allowed to air dry and then fired to 2000°F. After cooling, glaze and colors are applied, and these little dwellings are fired again to 2200°F. 

The completed Birdhouses are quite durable and can remain outside throughout the year to provide all-season protection for the birds. Each has a removable top for easy yearly clean out.

Brown birdhouse with leaves Multicolored Birdhouse

Building Bird Houses

The chart below contains all the dimensions neccesary for building a usable birdhouse.

BIRD 
SPECIES
FLOOR SIZE BOX HEIGHT ENTRANCE
ABOVE FLOOR
ENTRANCE HOLE HEIGHT
ABOVE
GROUND
American Robin* 7" x 8" 8" ---- ---- 6-15'
Barn Owls 10" x 18" 15-18" 4" 6" 12-18'
Bluebirds 5" x 5" 8-12" 6-10" 1 1/2 to 1 9/16" 4-6'
Chickadees 4" x 4" 8-10" 6-8" 1 1/8" 4-15'
Common & Northern Flicker 7" x 7" 16-18" 14-16" 2 1/2" 6-20'
Flycatchers 6" x 6" 8-12" 6-10" 1 1/2 to 1 /4" 5-15'
House Finch 6" x 6" 6" 4" 2" 8-12'
House Sparrows 4" x 4" to 5" x 5" 9-12" 6-7" 1 3/16 - 2" --
Nuthatches 4" x 4" 8-10" 6-8" 1 1/4 to 1 3/8" 5-15'
Osprey 48" x 48" Platform ---- ---- ---- ----
Phoebes 6" x 6" 6" ---- ---- 8-12'
Purple Martins 7" x 11" 6" 1-2" 1 3/4" - 2 1/4" 10-15'
Downy Woodpecker 4" x 4" 8-10" 6-8" 1 1/4" 5-15'
Hairy Woodpecker 6" x 6" 12-15" 9-12" 1 1/2" 8-20'
Pileated Woodpecker 8" x 8" 16-24" 12-20" 3x4" 15-25'
Red-Bellied Woodpecker 6" x 6" 12-15" 9-12" 2 1/2" 10-20'
Red-Headed Woodpecker 6" x 6" 12-15" 9-12" 2" 10-20'
Red-Tailed Hawk and Great HornedOwl 24" x 24" Platform ---- ---- ---- ----
Screech Owls and Kestrels 8" x 8" 12-15" 9-12" 3" 10-30'
Barn Swallows* 6" x 6" 6" ---- ---- 8-12'
Violet-Green and TreeSwallows 5" x 5" 6-8" 4-6" 1 1/2" 5-15'
Titmice 4" x 4" 10-12" 6-10" 1 1/4" 5-15'
Prothonotary Warbler 5" x 5" 6" 4-5" 1 1/8" 4-8'
Wood Ducks 10" x 18" 10-24" 12-16" 4" 10-20'
Wrens 4" x 4" 6-8" 4-6" 1 to 1 1/2" 5-10'
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker 5" x 5" 12-15" 9-12" 1 1/2" 10-20'

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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