Inspiration can come from many places. In this case, it came from a PBS show in the Nature series. This particular one was about Snowy Owls -- my favorite bird, and one we were privileged to see on a birding trip to Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada one February, many years ago.
Snowy Owl is one of the largest owls in the world. That, combined with
their striking white feathers and incredibly golden yellow
eyes.....well, you know!
So I've decided to make mugs,
using those eyes and that coloring. I intend to keep the mug white and
use yellow and black underglazes to paint in the eyes and beak. Then, if
I feel it's appropriate, I'll add some light carving to accentuate the
feathering around the beak.
My concept is that the owl will be recognizeable, even in the absence of more details. I might even play with the mug's shape, to reflect the roundness of the Owl's head, though I'll have to make sure it doesn't lose function with that inward curve.
With an injured finger, I probably won't be back on the wheel until November. But that's soon enough and I can't wait to work on this idea!