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A Bird Calling
Hummingbirds have fascinated Terrie Merritt since she first saw them flitting around flowers near her home at Lake of the Ozarks.
Her husband, Bill, retired from the field of Naval aviation and electronics and began to create art from recycled glass, but it wasn’t until seeing glass hummingbird feeders at an art show that Terrie’s obsession became a family business.
Shortly after seeing that first feeder, Bill and Terrie started Ozarklake Distinct Decor. Today, Bill creates unique feeders in his studio near Camdenton.
Every piece of glass he uses has had a previous life as a bottle, vase, or other object. The pieces are then embellished with recycled copper wiring and pieces.
While many artists plan out their pieces before getting started, Bill creates every piece as the materials are in his hands. The idea comes out of the act of creating. This results in one-of-a-kind feeders that cannot be recreated.
Bill creates two styles of hummingbird feeder: a vacuum feeder that uses a glass container and a tube feeder that uses small tubes to deliver nectar.
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