The Petrified Forest began ten years ago, when Steve Day's six-year-old son wanted a bird feeder for the deck. They soon hammered one together out of scrap wood and a couple of pieces of window glass. It fed the birds OK, but soon fell apart from the ravages of the squirrels and the weather.
On a quest now for a material that was both chew-proof and impervious to the elements, he began experimenting with his wife's stoneware clay.
With no formal pottery training, but a strong design sense developed while living in Japan, coupled with hands-on skills from silkscreen printmaking and metal sculpture, he created a truly unique bird feeder that became the Petrified Forest's first product.
The studio is located in beautiful, rural Berks County, Pennsylvania, in a 1781 farmhouse, grist mill and barn. The surrounding 15 acres provide an ample supply of native leaves, ferns, and grasses for Steve and his studio assistants.