Birds …Floral Friday

I’m finally far enough away from the infamous “bird storm” of October that took place in my neighborhood. At that time, the sheer numbers of various birds, notably robins, was simply alarming. I had never seen such flocks of birds, they were of Hitchockian proportions. During most of the year, nobody can really describe me as a candidate for the Audubon Society. I don’t actually have much of an interest in birds aside from the few that congregate in my yard during the year. Most noticeable, of course, are the blue jays.

The point of this post is that sometimes I come across a figural flower planter or vase with an avian theme. Frequently I find a vase modeled in the shape of a bird. Examples can be found at the October 7th, 2011 Floral Friday posting of bluejayblog titled “Waterfowl”. While dusting my shelves the other day, I came across some neglected bird themed containers. I filled them with blooms and decided to share them with you.

This miniature planter-vase depicting a young chick was manufactured by the Shawnee Pottery Company. At one time, these were stocked in dime stores in great numbers, so the chances of coming across one today are fairly high. The original owner of this little bird likely planted a small houseplant like an African Violet in it. I decided that a simple posey would be fine for display purposes.

The small thrush-like bird planter is exquisitely detailed and glazed. The colors are very pleasing to the eye. This piece can even be displayed without any flowers. However, if that were the case here, it wouldn’t have made it to Floral Friday.

I decided upon a small, cresent shaped arrangement to compliment the sculptural qualities of the pottery. I can’t get past the notion that using birds as flower holders seems a little gruesome. I guess that might be why these style of planters and pots went out of vogue.

This McCoy “Arcature” planter is one of my all time favorite pieces of pottery. It’s of early 1950s vintage. The piece has an applied red bird figurine placed within the heavy frame of the vase. These vases are rather rare, so I was thrilled to come across this example back in 2002. For this photo, I removed the mostly dark red arrangement of mums and orchids. I then brightened it up with a more eclectic mix of variety and colorings.

These bird themed pieces just go to show how much variety can be found when you look for small accessories to jazz up your home.


The Blue Jay of Happiness hasn’t come across any blue jay planters yet.

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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