Bob Brocken: Fish Maker

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Last updated on Jun 20, 2020

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On Etsy since 2006

Bob Brocken FIsh Maker

I've been making ceramic fish for about 15 years. I was working in the corporate world and was burning out, so I started working for a friends' family ceramic tile business. I loved working with clay and the forms. They made relief tiles and also ceramic fish and I was enamored with the process so I began making forms on my own.

I cast real fish in plaster to make a template and press clay in. Then, I take the clay form out and trim it and add details like, gills, fins, eyes, teeth and some surface texture. After the clay dries completely, I bisque fire it in an electric kiln to completely dry out and harden the form.

Then the fun starts and I brush on the glazes in layers to give the fish a sometimes realistic and more often , "Artistic" appearance after it is fired in the kiln a second time to melt the glazes.

I was always fascinated with fish and as a child made frequent visits to the Shedd Aquarium from our suburban Chicago home. I would take the "L" downtown with my family and I could name virtually every fish in the place. Now, I still love learning about the different species of fish and also about ceramics and the endless variables involved with clay, glaze, firings...

I have a studio in Northeast Minneapolisl, MN which is a fun and vibrant arts community.

I currently have over 100 forms and am always adding more. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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Last updated on June 20, 2020

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I do offer refunds and exchanges after the 48 hour cancellation period Up to thirty days upon receipt of the fish. If you receive the fish and it isn't what you expected, please contact me.

If for some reason the fish arrives damaged, and it is not insured, I will either replace the fish with a similar one or refund your money minus the shipping costs. I want you to be a happy customer.

If the fish is lost, we'll find it or get you a new one.
I accept Direct checkout and Paypal. If you wish to cancel an order, please contact me within 48 hours so we can remedy the situation.
I usually ship priority mail which takes 2-3 days and I try to get to the post office in a timely manner of your order. Sometimes life gets a little hectic , but I will contact you if any delays occur.

I use plenty of bubble wrap and other packing materials.

I'll include insurance on any item over one hundred dollars in my shipping and handling fees. If for some reason you want insurance on a smaller item, please contact me.

Please contact me if the fish arrives damaged or not as expected. If damaged, please keep the packing materials and fish until I am able to remedy the situation.

I will ship to Canada and overseas, but will need to calculate the cost before you purchase. Fish have been sent to Canada and Europe whole and fast.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am not accepting custom orders at this time.