Matched Quail Pair


Add a touch of natural affection to your home or garden with matched pair of handmade quail sculptures. These quails huddle together and peek out from amidst your garden plants or from atop a shelf. These simple joyous sculptures were first sculpted by Fresno artist Margaret Hudson in the 1970’s and became a common site in Fresno and throughout California’s central valley. Today each sculpture is handmade by skilled artists with decades of experience at Margaret’s studio using her original techniques and a local clay custom mixed to her specifications.

Each quail is 6.5″tall and 7″ long, each order comes with one of each of the quails pictured.

    • Shipping: In stock items are shipped in 1 business day with UPS ground. Out of stock or customized items are made to order, and ship in 1-2 weeks. All shipments are insured and any damaged items will be replaced at no additional cost.
    • Returns: If you're unsatisfied with the quality of our work we will offer a replacement or a refund. Refunds will be sent once the piece has been returned to us, buyer pays shipping.
    • Customization: We love to make our customers amazing ideas a reality! We sculpt our pieces by hand, so making changes or trying new designs is no problem for us. If you have a creative idea, want us to sculpt a specific animal or person, or want an existing design in a size that isn't listed, use our custom order form, email us, or call 559-222-2420.

This item is made to order and will ship 2 weeks after the order is placed at the latest


In the 40 year history of Margaret Hudson’s Earth Arts Studio we’ve sculpted every animal from aardvarks to zebras, but the quail holds a special place in our hearts. The quail is the symbol of Earth Arts Studio because this little bird has a story, a story that reminds us of our roots and the values our art represents. 

In 1970 Margaret’s husband Gil was severely ill, a fungal infection spread as far as his brain, hospitalizing and nearly killing him. Now in her 40’s, Margaret and her four young sons moved back into her childhood home in Fresno where she drew comfort from the familiar sight of a family of quails playing in the backyard. Margaret dealt with the stress of this difficult time through art, working with her hands and earthy clay she tried to capture the simple natural joy that the little quails brought her. 

Though Gil would recover from his illness he was unable to work full time, and Margaret began selling her sculptures at local craft fairs to support the family. Her happy quails were a huge hit, and Margaret struggled to keep up with demand on her own. She established Earth Arts Studio and hired skilled artisans to help create her designs. Margaret gave opportunities to immigrants who struggled to find work in a new country, but whose artistic talents speak clearly in any language. Today, Earth Arts Studio is managed by Lydia Buciok, who fled persecution in the U.S.S.R. and began working with Margaret in the 1980’s. 

The quail is special to us; it comforted Margaret through a hard time, launched her artistic career, and provided opportunities to the many women who worked with her. We put care into the creation of each one, trying to capture the simplicity and natural joy which so inspired Margaret. We hope that the quail will be a comfort and inspiration to you too.  

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 14 × 9 in