A few years ago I started creating ceramic birds, which I'd been wanting to do for some time.
My first series were colorful common birds, realistic but simple. Then I fired a couple of the birds using "pit firing" with a wood fire in a large container and the result was a blackened bird which I immediately was drawn to because Crows are one of my favorite birds. The Crow series began although the pit firing was too cumbersome to repeat. Finally I settled on using black clay rather than use glazes.