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I live in Minneapolis with my Wife, two toddlers and my dog. My studio is in Lowertown St. Paul Which is in the same space as the art collective, the Back Alley Gallery.

I particiapate in about ten art fairs and gallery shows a year along with a Fall sale I do with guest artist in Novevember at my studio .

I am also a volunteer tour guide at the Walker Art Center which is a contemporary art Museum here in Minneapolis. I give tours to mostly kids and some adults on a fairly regular basis.

I truly enjoy the wonders of art and being a part of the community. I've been on Etsy for about six

Here's some info about my work:

After working for a…

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  • Male
  • Born on March 17
  • Joined September 11, 2006

Favorite materials

Clay, glaze

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About

Bio:
I live in Minneapolis with my Wife, two toddlers and my dog. My studio is in Lowertown St. Paul Which is in the same space as the art collective, the Back Alley Gallery.

I particiapate in about ten art fairs and gallery shows a year along with a Fall sale I do with guest artist in Novevember at my studio .

I am also a volunteer tour guide at the Walker Art Center which is a contemporary art Museum here in Minneapolis. I give tours to mostly kids and some adults on a fairly regular basis.

I truly enjoy the wonders of art and being a part of the community. I've been on Etsy for about six

Here's some info about my work:

After working for a ceramic tile artist for five years, I started to make ceramic fish on my own in January 2006. As a child, my room was filled with aquariums and I've always been fascinated with the underwater world, how the fish move and the surreal qualities. The process of making the fish maintains that I continue to learn, I put my emotion and knowledge into each one. Each fish is original.

I can take on special orders and have a variety of fish.

To make the fish, I first cast a real fish in plaster to make a mold. Most of my fish come from the local fish Monger who "Chucks" out fish on Saturdays.

After the mold is made, I press clay into the mold and let it set a bit. Then, I take the clay out, trim around the edges and manipulate the body (Press out belly etc). This is when I hand carve all the fins and gills. I also use tools to give the body texture and then I add the bulging eye.
When the clay dries, it is called, "Greenware" and is a bit fragile.

This is when the bisque process takes place. The kiln fires the clay to a temperature that essentially dries it out and makes the clay body strong.

After Bisque comes the fun part, glazing.
I research fish extensively, especially the Trout and Chars. Depending on my mood, I sometimes try to make them look "Real", or perhaps a bit more "Artistic".

I brush on each glaze and layer them to create whimsical hues.

I then load them in my kiln and fire them to just over 2100 degrees. I takes about two days for the kiln to reach temperature and cool. Then I open it up and...
Ta Da! Fish.

Types of fish:
15 Inch American Red Snapper facing Left and Right
24 Inch Atlantic Salmon facing Left and Right
12 Inch Black sea bass facing both
14 Inch Black sea bass facing both
14 Inch largemouth Bass facing Both
24 Inch Bluefish facing both
22 Inch Bluefish facing Right
14 inch Bluefish facing both
9 Inch Big Bluegill Limited supply
22 Inch Buffalo Carp facing Left
5 Inch Butterfish
21 inch Common Carp facing both
20 Inch Char facing right
14 Inch FAT Char facing both
11 in Crappie Facing Both
9 inch crappie Facing left
10 in Crappie facin right
12 Inch Dorado Royale facing Both
22 Inch Grouper facing left
8 Inch Jack Crevelle facing both
19 Inch John Dory facing right
13 Inch Longnose Porgy facing right
18 Inch Mackeral Saba saba Wahoo facing Left
12 Inch Mackeral Saba Sab Wahoo facing left
9 Inch Mullet facing both
36 in Muskie Facing Both
24 Inch Norther Pike facing both
9 in Perch Facing both
7-8 Inch Red snapper 3 forms
20 Inch Rockfish facing
14 Inch Rockfish facing
13 Inch Parrot Fish facing Left
7-9 Inch Sm Porgy facing various directions
17 Inch scorpion fish facing Right
13 Inch Sculpin facing left
22 Inch Stripped Bass facing both
4-6 Inch Sunfish 19 different forms
14 Inch Tautog facing both
12 Inch Tilapia
22 Inch Tile fish facing both
22 Inch Trout of various species facing both
12 Inch trout of various species facing both
9 Inch trout seven different forms of various species facing both
17 Inch Walleye facing both
Nice Whitefish
Questions and comments are really appreciated.

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