So far in my work with clay, figuring out how to finish the pieces has been the greatest challenge. Glazing is a vast area with seemingly zillions of options but for the pigeons I really wanted them to have the soft, sooty look you get with pit fired ceramics.
I built a pit in my backyard using cinder blocks then had some fun collecting horse manure, shavings, banana peels, corn husks, coffee grounds, and kindling for the fire. A couple of sheets of metal made a cover for the smoking and the adventure began.
Pigeons ready to be covered with coffee grounds, banana peels, corn cobs, and leaves.
Pigeon with combustibles. I thought that firing them in garbage was somehow fitting with their being categorized as "trash animals."
Pigeons burning and getting sooty.
Part of the finished flock.