Baltimore Oriole Ornament
Baltimore Oriole Ornament

Baltimore Oriole Ornament

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At Wayne Village Pottery, that lovely stuff known as Maine “blue” clay is dug out of our back field. The early redware potters also used this kind of clay, and we enjoy following their tradition of creating handmade pottery which is useful, affordable and decorative. 

We started making ornaments and sculptures for our Holiday Open House. The ornaments consist of an array of local birds, beasts and critters; the inspiration for each ornament typically comes from some sort of encounter we have had during the year.

As all real Mainers know- Spring is barely a season. We get snowstorms well into March, most of April is a nasty combination of dirty, still-melting snow followed by horrendous mud. By May, things are starting to look up and the early appearance of the Oriole, especially as their habitat continues to get pushed north by global warming, is a fantastic sign that yet another long winter is nearing it's end. 

Orioles, like Cardinals and so many other treasured birds, feature a showy and colorful male with a more muted female, but what the female lacks in dynamic color, she makes up for in hard work and skill. The females first weave intricate nests and then lay beautiful white and black speckled eggs. They typically leave Maine by mid-summer, when the hatched babies are ready to leave the nest and the new parents fly back south to Central & South America. 

Orioles love oranges, ironically, cut some in half and hang them by your feeder, or build a simple L shape out of two pieces of wood with a screw or a nail to hold the orange and watch them really roll in.

5.25"L  X  2.5"W  X  .125" Thick

All ornaments come with ribbon or wire for hanging and individually gift boxed with descriptive text as listed above.

Each ornament is crafted by hand. Because of this, no two are exactly alike.