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May Wild Studio, Manchester




It’s worth remembering that Jesmonite is used for a range of reasons, not just in buildings. It’s unique properties lend themselves to a wide range of activities, including pigeon-inspired artworks. Yes, that’s right!

We are talking about an innovative and extremely talented couple of artists, designers and makers who have already hit the headlines in a big way with their past creations.

Their latest offering, the Coo Bird range, has been created by May Wild Studio based in Greater Manchester following observations of pigeons eating out of a fried chicken bucket in the city’s Piccadilly Gardens!

The studio, set up two years ago by Rebecca May and Michael Wild, wanted to design something that celebrated a city scene and came up with pigeons, concrete and tarmac. The decision was then taken to use Jesmonite to produce the finished article.


“We have an experimental and playful approach to our design development process and have found our ceramic-making skills and techniques transfer perfectly to Jesmonite.

“Our new Coo Bird range is another of our Jesmonite designs and the material allows us to communicate the textural qualities of the city landscape through the tactile surfaces of concrete and tarmac.

“We chose Jesmonite for its chameleon like properties, its ability to mimic and translate different surfaces so effectively.

“Jesmonite has become a key material in our making process and creative practice. We wanted to create a design that celebrated the perfection and flaws of concrete and tarmac. Our Coo Birds, individually made by us, each pour a little unknown into the final outcome.

“Coo Bird is a celebration of our cities, representing two sides - sometimes run down but sometimes glorious. A pest but also a creature of value. They are a story of finding beauty and humour in the everyday.”

May Wild Studio

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