In the heat of Virginia’s late summer, I made a set of five canisters adorned with water hemlock leaves and berries. I topped each jar with a ball and a clay sketch of a bird. Each piece works on its own as an independent piece of art, but because of the varying gestures and postures of the birds, they are even more charming in pairs, triplets or more.  This large piece is 10″ tall to the tip of the bird’s tail and 5.5″ in diameter, with plenty of surface area to show off the intricate veining of the water hemlock’s leaves.