Examples of Ceramics

Examples of Ceramics
Examples of Ceramics
I often asked this question what are examples of ceramics and is ceramics considered pottery. The best known examples of ceramics are pottery, tiles, and dishes. But there is much more. For example, ceramics are used in computing in the way of semiconducting, in ferroelectric, in superconducting and even used as insulators. Here is more about what I found out. I'll start out by talking about pottery and artwork since that is the primary interest of this site and then will expand into other examples.
Many types of Ceramics

Ceramic examples and pottery

Pottery is a ceramic material that is broken down into the following major types: earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china. According to the ASTM all pottery is considered fired ceramic wares that contain hardened clay. Keep reading if you want to know more about my findings.

Ceramic is what is considered an inorganic compound. An inorganic compound is made up of the Earth’s crust. For example carbon is an inorganic material. Even though it’s labeled as inorganic it may be found in living things too. So why it’s called inorganic I have no idea. I am guessing it’s because it’s a non-metallic material.

The ATSM or American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials considers all pottery as fired ceramic wares. The ATSM is an international organization that publishes technical standards for materials.

Ceramics has a property what’s called crystalline. This property affects the hardness, density and transparency of the ceramic. So ceramics can be semi-crystalline like earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. I believe the more the ceramic is vitrified the more it’s like glass. Vitrification is the process of the transformation into glass.

Ceramic originates from the Greek word “keramikos” which means “of pottery”. It can mean “of pottery” or “for pottery”, “potters clay” or tile.

Examples of ceramics in a kiln
Ceramics in a kiln
This article mainly consists of ceramics as traditional ceramics. Ceramics made up of clay, silica and other materials like feldspar. This post is not about advance ceramics like ceramic silicon carbide cutting disks, or brake pads on super cars like the Porsche Carrera GT and high voltage insulators found on high electrical wires.

Earthenware Example

Earthenware Example
Normally Earthenware is clay and other materials that have been fired in a kiln below 1200 degrees Celsius or 2192 degrees Fahrenheit. These were the earliest forms of pottery. Most of the Earthenware clays were fired in open fires. Earthenware is also called terracotta. Only when the earthenware is glazed does it become non-porous and able to hold liquids. The development of glazes made Earthenware popular.

Stoneware Example

Stoneware Example

Stoneware is just a broader term used to describe pottery or clay fired at a high temperature. Stoneware is stronger than Earthenware and can hold liquids. 
The Chinese were the first to develop Stoneware.

Porcelain vs. Ceramics Example

Ceramic artwork example
Ceramic artwork example

Porcelain is made by heating clay materials in a kiln with temperatures ranging from 1200 degrees Celsius or 2192 degrees Fahrenheit to 1400 degrees Celsius or 2552 degrees Fahrenheit. My art normally is fired up to about 1150 degrees Celsius or 2092 degrees Fahrenheit. Porcelain is fired in a kiln at a higher temperature than earthenware. This gives porcelain its non-porous properties.

If you are interested in knowing more about how to use pottery to elevate your decor be sure to read my article on this website. Did you know that pottery has played both as artistic and utilitarian roles?

Porcelain is made up of clay but there are different types of clay that contain different materials. One such material is called kaolin or kaolinite. The only way I can remember the word is because it rhymes with kryptonite the fictional material and greatest weakness of Superman.

Kaolinite is a clay material that is lined with silicate mineral or what is known as rock forming minerals. Porcelain generally contains more kaolin in the clay. When I am making a ceramic art piece I let the clay dry out to a point where the water naturally evaporates in the clay. This leaves the clay in an extremely breakable form. This state is normally called or referred to as “leather dry”.

It’s amazing how much water there is in clay. After most of the water is evaporated it referred to as being in a “bone dry” state. However there is still water in the clay and it’s not all evaporated till after it’s been fired in a kiln. I have broken many pieces of art work while it’s in the “bone dry” state.

Clay is amazing because you can let it dry out and then add water and it’s back to its original state.

I have a bucket in which I save the broken clay pieces. When I have enough pieces I put them into a plastic bag and add water. I now have clay that I can use again on my next art project. The next step after “bone dry” is to paint or to fire in a kiln. You can fire and then paint or paint and then fire, either way is good, just depends on your style.

Here is an interesting fact that I did not know but found out later after researching Kaolinite. Kaolinite is not only in porcelain but also in toothpaste, cosmetics and in incandescent light bulbs. Kaolinte is used in many more products, too many to list here.

I’ve been brushing my teeth with Kaolinite and didn’t know it.

Bone China Example

Bone China Example
Bone china example

Bone china is the strongest of all the porcelains. It has a very high resistance to chipping. It also has a high level of translucency and whiteness. Bone china was discovered back in the 1790s by an English person named Josiah Spode and used to make beautiful decorative plates. Spode was a potter (one who throws clay) and went on to refine bone china which became the English version. Spode and family went on to later have many factories in and around London. They also introduced the under glaze blue transfer printing on potteries.

The Spode name is currently owned by the Portmeirion pottery company based in England and continues to produce Spode patterns. They purchased Spode in 2009.

Is Ceramics Brittle?

Ceramic materials are brittle. They are hard and dense or have a strong compression and can withstand or hold up to acidic or caustic environments better than other materials. They can also withstand high temperatures up to 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. However they have low or lower tension properties and can break.

When I am making ceramic artwork the most critical part of the process is when the clay is drying. It’s in a semi-dry state, very weak and brittle. Unless the piece is fully supported underneath it will break very easily. As mentioned above this is when the clay is in the “bone dry” state. I have had numerous pieces break. Once I dropped a plastic bottle of paint and it accidently hit the edge of the clay. The clay was in its weakest state and it was enough to break the piece. Had it been fired it would not have broke. Most other breaks occur when the piece becomes unsupported or I drop it. Drops from only a few inches can cause the “bone dry” art to break. Once fired the molecule structure changes the artwork becomes very hard but if dropped on a hard surface it will break due to its low tension properties.

Is Glass A Ceramic?

Glass is generally not considered a ceramic. But I can see where it might lead to asking such a question because glass making involves many of the same steps as in making ceramics. Glass is formed by heating materials at temperatures of up to 1575 degrees C or 2867 degrees F. The temperature of the glass is limited by the furnace material. Ceramics are also formed by heating materials at a very high temperature. Glass is generally heated to a higher temperature than ceramics at least in the art world.

Glass has many similar properties as ceramics. Both are strong, dense but can break. There is what is called noncrystalline ceramics which are glass and are usually called glass-ceramics. For example, the cook top on your stove. I consider this to be a type of high performance ceramic. More of a technical ceramic product and not typically associated with pottery or art.

Examples Of Ceramic Products

Typical ceramic products are products that are usually classified into major groups by usage. For me it’s easier to think about usage groups and how ceramic products are used. I generally think of four major usage groups.


Structural ceramics
Structural ceramic tile
These are products like bricks, floor tiles that people walk on, roof tiles on homes and certain kinds of pipes.

Art and Tableware

Art and tableware ceramics
Tableware and hanging wall art ceramics
These are dishes and dishware used in dining. Then there are ceramic products like decorative ceramic wall art, wall tiles, pottery and pottery products.


Technical ceramics
Ceramic car brakes
These ceramic products are advanced ceramics that are typically used in special products and or have special uses. They are like ceramic tiles used on the space shuttle, special ball bearings, missile nose cones, high performance carbon-ceramic disk brakes, jet engines, biomedical implants and protective ceramic armor.


Industrial ceramics
Industrial ceramics
These are ceramic products that have to be able to withstand very high temperatures. They are usually found in industrial factories for making steel, glass and kiln linings.

Conclusion A Case For Ceramics

I hope you enjoyed reading about ceramics and pottery. I learned a lot more on this topic by writing this post and doing research. So when some asked the question is ceramic considered pottery you can say according to the American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials it certainly is.


Fish decor for bathroom

Fish decor for bathroom walls
Fish decor for bathroom walls
Visit my shop to purchase ceramic fish decoration for your bathroom. Being a ceramic artist I made my own fish decor for my bathroom. I like art and decor that is original. I think originality is very important in elevating your decor to the next level. I wanted it to have a mixture of color to make it versatile. I wanted to be able to pull any color from the art work and use it as my accent color. I would use towels and throw rugs in the accent color to make a visual impact. Visit my store to purchase my colorful fish wall art.

Purchase fish wall art for bathrooms

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I wanted to make it easy to change the accent color whenever I wanted. It’s easy to change out the towels and rug for another color and give the bathroom a new different look. My bathroom was already in a natural color so all I needed was to plan my wall gallery. A good resource for colors is my article on future color trends.

Neutral bathroom wall color is great for decor

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A neutral color wall is the perfect place for colorful fish decor

If your bathroom walls are in a natural color and the ceramic fish art work in the right colors, this combination would give an otherwise plain bathroom high visual interest. I decided to go with a wall gallery because I had one wall that was fairly large and bare. One wall art décor would look awkward on the wall and would not fill the space so a gallery would be the best choice. I also wanted something that would be steam proof. My bathroom tends to get real steamy therefore I knew ceramics would hold up very well. If you would like more information on how to hand ceramic art on the wall you can read my article, how to hang ceramic decor on the wall.

Creating the fish decor

School of fish bathroom wall decor
School of ceramic fish for bathroom wall
This article is about the creation of bathroom art and not how to decorate a bathroom. However, if you keep reading you are going to most likely learn something valuable you can use in your decorating projects. You may also like my other article on how to elevate your decor by using ceramic pottery.

Bathroom fish decor features and description

Since I was planning a gallery of ceramics I wanted to size each piece the right size. I did not want to have it too big. I ended up with ceramics about nine and ten inches long. This size would fill the space and work well in my situation. I thought about doing starfish or maybe old bathroom signs to make it look vintage but I ended up making ceramic fish. The fish would be grouped together on the wall making my gallery. I would position them going down or up at a slight angle to make it interesting. To form the gallery all I need was three fish approximately nine to eleven inches long each.

Three fish were made by cutting the clay into three equal parts and rolling them out on the roller to get a nice and even thickness. All the air was worked out of the clay beforehand. I then marked the clay with my design and cut the clay into the shape of a fish.

The clay fish was then set out to dry. The clay slowly dried out and became what’s called “Leather Hard”. This is a state where the water in the clay has evaporated. Once fired the clay is called bisqueware. In this state, the clay art is easily breakable. I applied several coats of paint, let dry and then fired the pieces up to about two thousand degrees in the kiln.

Fish decor color scheme

The color scheme is colorful and uses complementary colors that looked great together. The fish turned out to be great. They did not break during the firing process. I mounted the fish on a bathroom wall turning the wall into a ceramic wall art gallery.

Bathroom fish wall decor
Striped Bass with black, blue and red accent colors
I like the results so much I went on to make many more ceramic fish. For each one I used complementary vivid colors that looked good together. I now have a lot of ceramic colorful fish.

Closer look at bathroom fish decor

Part 1 fish decor

Part 2 fish decor

Bathroom fish decor conclusion

Fish wall art
Striped Bass with black, green, orange and red accent colors
I hope this was an interesting article and provided you with some bathroom decor ideas. Ceramic tile and ceramic art works well in the bathroom and by using a natural wall color and using a darker color accents and wall art you can make a dramatic impact. This scheme also makes it easy to change to another color. And if you are going to sell, the buyer most likely will not have to reconstruct bathroom tiles for another color. They would simply change the accents.

Handmade Ceramic Fish Wall Art

Handmade Ceramic Fish Wall Art - CeramicWallDecor - Ed Shears Artist - Murfreesboro, TN

Handmade ceramic fish figurines wall decoration

Check out my ceramic fish wall decor selection for the very best in unique and custom, handmade clay artwork from my wall decor shop. As new innovations are born artists and their work distinguished themselves from every era and generation to generation. Great artists are distinguished by their unique ability to take his or her moment in time and distill its essence so that their resulting artwork therefore becomes timeless.

As you can see by my artwork I like to create very colorful ceramic fish wall hanging. Most all my artwork use vibrant colors that look great together. That scheme is called the analogous color scheme.

This scheme also works well on vintage ceramic fish wall decor and even retro ceramic fish wall decor. The scheme basically takes the color directly across your current color on the color wheel. So, for example on the color wheel if I am choosing the color red, its analogous color is green. Red and green looks very good together and make for perfect ceramic tropical fish wall decor, right? Green is the color on the color wheel directly across from red. At some point in the future on one of my next projects I will be making ceramic koi fish. These are very colorful fish and also very popular. They also go by the name: Koi angelfish - P. scalare. Check out my article I wrote on this fish while planning some color combinations for a small ceramic fish project.

Another future project involves creating ceramic fish for gardens. For this project I am planning to do a Goldfish. The yellow color will make it standout. I already did come research and created a color combination analysis here: Goldfish (Carassius auratus).

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Fish decor for bathroom
Fish wall decor

Fish Wall Art Hanging Ideas

The creation of fish wall hangings is (in my book) considered art. The one best tips I can give when purchasing ceramic fish art is that one fish looks good but when you arrange fish in a small school, more than one, preferably three, it looks so much better. This of course is going to depend on how much wall space you have. The ceramic fish I create are perfect to hang on the wall and it's really simple to do because each one of my fish have mounting point on the back. All that is needed to mount on the wall is a simple ordinary picture hook.

These are my top ceramic fish wall decorations. Just think of all the possibilities of color combinations that could be used as accent colors pulling from the ceramic wall decor below. Choose any ceramic fish from my store and pull colors from the artwork for accents like towels and throw rugs to get started. If you are interested in creating fish themed decor I created many great fish decorating ideas and put them all together in one place. These are my hand picked fish wall decor ideas, ceramic fish figurines and fish themed wall hangings that will look awesome in any home.

Handmade wall artwork
Rainbow Trout ceramic wall artwork
Rainbow Trout Green and Blue simple clay fish with a color separation for a lateral line.

Clay fish
Sunfish design wall art
Sunfish design with bold Black, Yellow and Green color combinations look great on any wall. Camouflage patterns are exploited with interesting color combinations make for a great wall decoration.

ceramic fish
Camouflage Sunfish bold patterns for wall art
Another sunfish wall decor design. Notice there is no Pelvic fin on the bottom. Camouflage patterns are exploited with interesting color decor combinations.

Stripe bass wall art design
Striped bass nautical design. Use of bold Black and White stripes with Red accent colors make this one pop.

camouflage pattern fish wall decor
Bold Sunfish design wall sculpture
Bold sunfish design. Bold colors in a camouflage pattern make for a great fish theme.
Browns and Burgundy accents Ceramic fish wall decor
Smallmouth Bass ceramic wall design
Smallmouth bass design. Use of creamy Browns and Burgundy accents for a perfect in home fish themed room.

Fish wall art decorating ideas

If the room you are planning to decorate is in a neutral color then you are in luck and things just got easy. You can have some fun with colors. I think originality is very important in art. Also I think originality is also key in having nice decor.

Here are some of my favorite fish videos to draw inspiration from:
  1. Fish wall art ideas
  2. Clay fish decor ideas - 28 great idea videos!
  3. Striped fish aquarium - great color combination ideas - one of my favorites
  4. How to catch a striped fish - just fun to watch
  5. Striped fish color patterns in art - interesting to know more about striped bass
So, if your walls have a neutral color simply find a primary color from the clay fish decor and use that color for your accent color. For example, you could use Light Blue, Red or Yellow if using art created in any of the above mentioned colors. You could even use Black. You would accessorize with Light Blue towels for example, and a throw rug if decorating the bathroom. Or Light Blue pillows if decorating a casual room. By doing so you are pulling out colors in the artwork. You have now added an interesting look. If you are interested in what colors are trending you might like to read my article on key colors for the future.

Group similar ceramic fish designs together

Fish wall decor
Similar ceramic fish designs grouped together on the wall
  1. Color codes for Longfin Zebra Danio (Danio rerio)
  2. Artist color scheme for Jack Dempsey fish (Rocio octofasciata)
  3. Corlor patterns for Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
  4. Ceramic art colors for Bettas (Bettasplendens)
  5. Color design for Discus fish art (Symphysodon aequifasciatus)
Its a great idea to group like designs together to get a bigger visual impact. By taking a few ceramic fish and grouping them together on the bathroom wall for example you get a very nice original artwork decoration. You can take this concept and apply it anywhere, does not have to be just in the bathroom. Most any room can be used provide the wall space is available. This is just one way to use ceramics and pottery to elevate your decor.

Size of the fish matters for hanging wall art

Fish wall decor
Size of fish to hang on the wall are approximately 12 inches by 6 inches

  1. Emphasis on color matching for Corydoras Catfish (Corydoras)
  2. Oscar Fish color codes (Astronotus ocellatus)
  3. Color harmony for a Guppi fish (Poecilia reticulata)
  4. Color choices for Platy fish art (Poecilia)
  5. Inspiration color source for Swordtails (Xiphophorous hellerii)
Just ask any fisherman and they will tell you size is everything. Well in the case of  fish wall art you want to know the size of each fish to get an idea of how much space you will need on your wall. Each fish is approximately 12 inches long and about 6 to 7 inches wide. As you can see by the photograph I am holding two colorful sunfish in my hands. This will give you an idea of how large they are. I think handmade ceramic art is wonderful. It's unique and someone took some time and thought into the creation of the artwork. These ceramic pieces can easily be hung on the wall for more you can read my article on how to hang ceramic decor. In my opinion the artwork needs to be a size that will fit into most spaces on the wall. So it should not be too big. I am not making artwork for a large office space or large wall in a restaurant for example. So the sizes of my art are tailored for interior design of homes. Plus the biggest limiting factor is my kiln size. I simply do not have space in the kiln for large fish. I use a Paragon ceramic kiln. Paragon ceramic kilns feature heavy duty heating elements protected by enclosed brick grooves. Most top-loading studio models include a spring aid for lifting and a drop-down switch box for easy maintenance. Although digital stoves are the most popular, there are artist who still use switch-operated stoves. The front loading models are easier to load because you are not reaching down into the kiln to put in and pull out the artwork. On some kilns it's a long way to the bottom!

Ceramic fish wall decor take a closer look

  1. Neutral colors Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha)
  2. Color Balance of a Bolivian Ram fish (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
  3. Light versus dark color values in a White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)
  4. Linear marks in a Sailfin Molly (Poecilia latipinna)
  5. Main hues for a Plecostomus (Hypostomus plecostomus)
If you are interested on more details on my art you can read my article on how I make my ceramic art. Take a closer look at the fishy features:

Part 1

Part 2

Ceramic Koi Fish

This is very popular fish and in my simple terminology is what I call "garden carp". No offense to anyone this is just what pops into my head when I think of a Koi fish. Below are more information on other great fish to model after in addition to the Koi fish.
  1. Natural colors of a Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)
  2. Color intensity of GloFish (Danio rerio)
  3. Warm colors of a Goldfish (Carassius auratus)
  4. Color equilibrium of a Pearl Gourami (Trichopodus leerii)
  5. Hard and soft colors of an Angelfish (Pterophyllum)

Small Ceramic Fish

Many small ceramic fish are made using models of real fish. Mainly aquarium fish like many of the one I mentioned above. I do not make these as it's not my style and it way to small for my liking. To make these out of clay would take a totally different technique than what I am currently doing. Plus it's just not something I am interested in. If I were to make a ceramic fish modeled after a popular aquarium fish it would be much larger in size. That is something I have considered doing in the future. Below are other fish I find very interesting for their unique colors and shapes.
  1. Vertical stripes with neutral colors in a Killifish (Austrolebias affinis)
  2. Vibrant warm colors of a Rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae)
  3. Organic colors of a Cherry barb (Puntius titteya)
  4. Kribensis dark and light colors (Pelvicachromis pulcher)
  5. Earth tone color scheme of a Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus) 

Ceramic Fish Figurines

I would like to start off by defining exactly what is a figurine? And I might add I do not make figurines in my art work. What I create may be confused with figurines but in a strict since it's no where close. So let's take a deeper dive into the facts. A figurine is basically a diminutive form of the full sized version, right? A smaller sized of the figure or statuette. It's a small statue representing a human, deity or animal, or a pair or a small group of them, in practice. Did you know that figurines were made in many media. With the most significant of course being clay, metal, wood, glass and today plastic or resin. In historical contexts, ceramic figurines not produced from porcelain are called terracotta. This is an important distinction to note.

In the context I am writing about I am not talking about the following: Figures with movable parts that allow limbs to be placed are more likely to be called dolls, mannequins, or action figures; or robots or automatons, if they can move on their own. Figures and miniatures are sometimes used in board games, such as chess and tabletop games.

So you should know that neolithic figurines exist in China. And European prehistoric figurines of women, some of whom appear to be pregnant, are called "Venus figurines" because of their presumed connection to fertility. One amazing fact is the two oldest known examples are made of stone, found in Africa and Asia, and are several hundred thousand years old. Many made of fired clay have been found in Europe since 25-30,000 BC, and are the oldest known ceramics. Well it just goes to show you that many things get destroyed and or wear out over time but ceramics have a good live of at least several hundred thousand years! So please remember that when purchasing my art, right!

Olmec figurines in semi-precious stones and pottery had a large influence all over Mesoamerica about 1000-500 BC, and were apparently usually kept in houses. By the nature of these you really could not do much with them other than look at them because of the material they were made of. The porous stone would not hold water very well. So naturally the stone could freely used for figurines.

It's important to note these early figures are among the first signs of human civilization. In some instances, one can not know how they were used. But I am betting they were probably of religious or ceremonial significance and could have been used in many types of rituals. Many of them are found in burials. Some may have been worn as jewelry or intended to entertain children.

I will says that Porcelain and other ceramics are common figurine materials. Ancient Greek terracotta figurines are made in molds. This is something I do not do. I do not use molds on any of my artwork. And there were a major industry of the Hellenistic period where bronze figurines were also very common. Bronze came to predominate in Roman art. And I do not make anything in Bronze on clay. And I suspect most of them were religious, deposited in large numbers in temples as votives, or kept at home and sometimes buried with their owners. No on the other hand types like Tanagra figurines, however, included many purely decorative subjects, such as fashionable ladies. There are many early examples from China, mainly religious figures in Dehua porcelain, which led experiments in Europe to replicate the process. And back then as you can imagine most if not all were plain white in color.

So when the European factories started manufacturing of porcelain they soon started to add brightly colored paint in what's called over-glazed enamels. This more closely resembles my style with the use of brightly colored paints. But an important distinction is to be made as artwork are all painted with food safe colors and not enamels. Another important distinction is that what I am talking about here is really Meissen porcelain so it no where near to compare what I am making. It much much finer and is made of entirely different clay.

It's very common back then to have figurines in the center of the table. They were used to decorate tables on special occasions mainly by the European elites. However, as one would expect it would soon be adopted by non elites and found on fireplace mantels and side tables. Around 1750 pottery figures were produced in large numbers throughout Europe. Staffordshire figures were cheaper versions of earthenware and, at the end of the 19th century, particularly for Staffordshire dog figurines.

Fast forward to today and you will fins many modern figurines made sadly of plastic. Let's see if they will last several thousands of years, right? Remember the bobbleheads? A figure with an oversized head that was attached to the body by a spring and the head would nod back and forth when moved. On a more serious side other memorabilia  like Hummel Figures where also popular and still are.

Ceramic Fish For Garden | Garden Fish Sculptures

I see many garden fish made of ceramic. These are made so that they are attached to a metal rod or the ceramic fish easily slips over the end of the rod. The ceramic fish is mounted to (or slips over the end of) a metal rod in which the fish stands in the garden. The fish is approximately two feet high or so give or take. This gives the illusion of the fish swimming through the garden.

As of today I do not create ceramic fish for gardens but might consider it for a later time in the future. In the video below a trio of ceramic fish garden stakes make a colorful splash in outdoor spaces. This trio of medium-sized fish is made to mimic fluid movement and the fish are shaped to look like they are mid-swimming. Handcrafted from high-grade stoneware clay and a steel rod, these fish are tough enough to live outside all year round. Made in Maine, USA. Fish in the Garden Maker, Tyson Weiss, started out as a landscape designer. In his spare time, he turned to his basement workshop in Maine and began to make ceramic koi fish.

The fish come in a set of three, and Tyson purposely forms them to give the impression of fluid movement. It's an effect that works; at first glance, you might assume the fish are actually swimming in the water. Tyson makes fish from high-fired stone clay, and they are tied to the ground with a steel rod. This long-lasting formula ensures the fish will live all year round in the yard and add a touch of playful charm to green spaces even in winter.

Ceramic Fish Tank Decor For Aquariums

Now this is something interesting. I have considered creating ceramic fish tank decor. After all ceramic is perfect for an aquarium. It's water proof and will last for thousands of years if cared for. Plus the paints I use are food safe so they would not harm the fish. My initial though would be to create a colorful house in which the fish could enter or perhaps swim through. My main concern is the size. I will definitely give this some thought and perhaps give it a try in the future. Again, this is not really art.

Ceramic Fish Slay The Spire | Ceramic Fish STS

Slay the Spire is a popular video game. And apparently there are folks out there looking to purchase a ceramic version of the popular relic as it is revered to bring great fortune. In the game the fish is meticulously painted and looks like a real fish relic. This goes back to the topic of me making something small. At this point I am not really interested in make something this small. Due to it's size I am guessing the clay I am using would not suffice. I would need to research a finer clay more closing matching a Porcelain figurine. And at this time I am not interested in creating anything Porcelain. Good luck to those who play the game! Here is the offical trailer for the game in case you are intered to know more and see it in action.

More About Plastic Fish Figurines | Fish Figurines Toys

I do none of this type of artwork or figurine creation but here is what I know and i must says it's very interesting. There are many videos on the topic of creating plastic fish figurines and figurines in general. There are many uses for plastic figurines for example, like for use in an aquarium tank and or for toys. Most if not all of these techniques involve the use of molds and plastic resin. The mold is either purchased or created and then prepped for the plastic resin. The resin is then poured into the mold and it is allowed time to cure. The end result is a plastic figurine in the shape of your mold. After the figurine has been created the last step usually involves cleaning it up and removing any mold marks and unwanted seams. This is called removing the "flashing" from the figurine.

Here is a great video on clean up. This tutorial explains how to clean the silicone mold from your resin casting. After the cast resin comes out of the silicone mold, there's always a little clean up to get it ready for painting. The video shows how to remove and clean the pouring beam, the air vents, and the flashing or the seams using a variety of hand tools. And then, finally, a demo on how to make a final sanding and painting preparation. Some power tools that help speed up this process are also included.

Why is originality important in art

Original ceramic wall art
Original ceramic wall decor artwork
Originality in art is important and asking why it’s important is a great question that has many good answers. It can be debated to this day as to what is the absolute correct answer. Why is originality important in art? Most art galleries refuse to sell replicas, and many sponsors of art fairs and festivals either do not permit them or require them to be kept in a reproduction container with no additional information about how the replicas were produced. It seems the biggest reason why is that according to most folks they would rather have the original and not a replica. It takes skill to create originality and comes from developing your own style usually after many years of practicing, trial and error and learning. Some art museums maintain reproductions take money away from what might be spent on original artwork. Replicas are not to be confused with;reproductions or giclees.

What is the definition Of original art?

Originality comes from the artists own imagination. It's an original work that is NOT received from another artist or someone else not copied from another work. It's work usually created in a unique style.

  1. It’s unique one of a kind art. Original artworks from the artist own hands.
  2. Artwork made by hand. The art was not created by a machine driven process.

What Does Original Art Mean?

Original art created by the artist hands is considered more desirable and valuable. The definition of what is original art can get real complicated when you start talking about prints. And by prints I am talking about giclees, etchings and lithographs, silk prints, woodcuts and so on. Take for example Andy Warhol screenprints.

Originality in Andy Warhol art
Is Andy Warhol silkscreen of Marilyn Monroe original art?
One of Warhol’s first silkscreened images was his Marilyn print, based on a photograph from Niagra, a film from Monroe in 1953. When Warhol started screenprinting, he soon realized that he could systematically produce art like a factory assembly line that gave rise to the production of his series or print portfolios.

His first series published was Marilyn Monroe. He took advantage of the efficiency of the screenprinting technique and created several versions of the same image using a variety of color compositions. The screenprinting process is a stencil form in which a stencil is placed on a sheet and the ink is then pushed through the stencil to create an image. So, there is the design or the artwork subjective matter and then the process of printing.

He printed many prints himself but also used printing studios as demand for his work increased. Are these considered original works of art? In my opinion the value is different. The ones where the artist (Andy in this case) actually had a hand in making would be considered more valuable. Wouldn’t you agree?

So what about giclees? Are they considered original works of art? Well let me first start by defining what exactly is a giclee? Giclee was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne, a printmaker, for fine art digital prints on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created in a process invented at the end of the 1980s on a modified Iris printer.

Since then, it has been used freely to mean fine art, mostly archives, inkjet printing. It is often used by artists, galleries and print shops to suggest high-quality printing, but because it is an unregulated word, there is no quality guarantee. So it’s basically a high quality print created by a mechanical process. So, it’s not original art.

Frog photography
Original Photo of Frog in Flower by Ed
Photographers use this method a lot. I have taken many of my photographs and had them transferred to large scale canvas. Like the frog photo shown. But in my opinion it’s not art. The actual photograph would be the art in this case not the giclee.

So far in this article we covered the “made by the artist’s own hands” and the “machining process”. We have a good understanding of what is original art and what is not so far. But what about the word “unique” in the definition of what is original art? What exactly does that mean?

Is artwork considered original artwork if the art had been created in some way before? This brings about an interesting question or could this just be a play on semantics? So the definition of unique is “existing as the only one or as the sole example, single, solitary in type or characteristic”. Having no like or equal, or limited in occurrence and not typical or unusual. But in my opinion you also have to take into consideration that all words undergo semantic development over time and their meaning can change.

Early definitions of words may be stricter yesterday as compared to today. Therefore as the meaning changes so does the definition and its application and usage. Therefore the definition and meaning of “original art” over the years has changed ever so slightly, right?

Different artist styles
Different artist styles
So if an artist is in a room with a bunch of other artists and they are all painting the same model is each piece considered original art? It’s not an original idea because they were painting the same model, right? Or is it original art?

As you can see there is merit to both arguments in this case but in the end it’s the artist’s perspective that has to be taken into consideration. What the artist does with the subject matter, their style and the use of the medium is what makes it unique. Otherwise all landscape paintings would not be original art because it was already done before.

What Makes A Work Original?

But what if the artist perspective is taken out of the equation? Take for example Giacometti sculptures that are made from casts. Are these original arts? Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. Giacometti was one of the most important 20th century sculptors. His work has been influenced in particular by artistic styles like Cubism and Surrealism.

Between 1938 and 1944 Giacometti created sculptures that were miniature in size. They had a maximum height of about seven centimeters. Its small size reflected the actual distance from the position of the artist to his model. Giacometti created his best known sculptures after the war. This was his extremely slender and tall figurines.

Giacometti created sculptures that were miniature in size
Alberto Giacometti
So if someone creates a bronze sculpture using a mold is the oeuvre considered art? I would think in this case the answer would be yes. It does not really matter that the artist used a mold. What if the cast or mold is used several times and additional sculptures are produced? Are sculptures created by casts be considered original art? Again, in my opinion it’s still considered original art due to the fact the artist created the sculpture. Does not matter if the artist used a mold or not, he or she still participated in the making of the final work.

What if Giacometti had no hand in making the sculpture but hired out the actual making of the sculpture? Are sculptures created in this fashion considered original art? Well, this might be a gray area, but I would say no. One could make a good argument either way. But to me if the artist did not actually have a hand in the actual creation of the work then it’s not going to be as valuable as where he or she had their own hand in the creation. I would say no. In this case it’s not original art.

What Is Original Art Work Conclusion

In conclusion you can make very good arguments for something that its original art and very good cases that it’s not. I am guessing there are hundreds of other examples and questions that can be debated. I only scratched the surface in this article. But I hope this article got you thinking more about the subject and if you walk away with only one thing in mind after reading this article it should be, always buy original art. It’s worth more and is always more desirable than a replica.

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Beautiful plate

Fine ceramic plates

Beautiful plates have long been collected since Europeans began producing porcelain and fine pottery in the 18th century. These wares were used and collected for their decoration. Monarchs and royalty engaged in the practice of collecting and displaying porcelain plates. and of course now days its common practice for most anyone who is interested in plate collecting or plate decor.

Why collect beautiful plates

The real attraction to collecting beautiful plates and dishware is that some folks just like to do it. They love the design, color and pattern. When making plates I try to make mine that have a unique color, shape or design that makes the plate appealing and possible a conversation piece.

Marco Polo and plates

Marco Polo plate courtesy of
Did you know when Marco Polo returned from the Far East in 1295, he brought back ceramic dishes he called "porcella,". He compared these dishes to delicate sea shells. The word "porcelain" is derived from "porcella." And as most folks know these dishes were eventually called "china" which was based on the country of origin.

Types of serving plates

Plates can be any shape, but nearly all of them have a rim to hold food on the plate and avoid falling off the edge. They are often white or off-white, but they can be any color, including patterns and designs of art. Many are sold in sets of identical plates.

  1. Saucer: A tiny plate with a cup indentation.
  2. Appetizer: Dessert, salad and side dishes: size varies between 4 and 9 inches.
  3. Bread and butter plate: A bit tiny for individual servings are are around 6 to 7 inches.
  4. Lunch or dessert plates: Are typically 9 inches in diameter.
  5. Dinner plates: Large are 10 to 12 inches and buffet plates are slightly larger serving plates which are about 11 to 14 inches.
  6. Platters or serving plates: excessively large dishes from which food can be spread at table for several individuals.
  7. Decorative plates: Not for food.
  8. Commemorative: Plates have designs that reflect a specific theme.
  9. Charger: Is a decorative plate 13 to 14 inches and positioned under a the plate used to hold food.

Plate shapes

ceramic plate
Square plate

  1. Round: The most popular shape for dinner dishes and saucers in particular.
  2. Square: More prevalent in Asian traditions such as sushi or bento, adding contemporary style.
  3. Squircle: Holding more food than round ones but still occupying the same amount of space in a cupboard. A squircle is a shape intermediate between a square and a circle.
  4. Coupe: Is really a type of bowl rather than a plate: a round dish with a smooth, round, steep curve up to the rim as opposed to rims that curve up then flatten out.
  5. Ribbon plate: Ornamental plate with slots around the circumference to allow the hanging of a ribbon. 
Squircle plate courtesy of

Ceramic plates handmade


What is a ceramic plate? Plates are frequently produced of ceramics such as bone china, porcelain, glazed earthenware, and stoneware, as well as other traditional products such as glass, wood, or metal. A plate is a wide, concave, but mostly flat vessel that can be served with food. For ceremonial or decorative purposes, a plate can also be used. Most plates are circular, but they can be any shape or made of any material that is water-resistant. Generally, plates are lifted around the edges, either by curving up, or by raising a wider lip or part raised. Usually, Chinese ceramic plates only curve up at the edges or have a narrow lip. Vessels without a lip are probable to be regarded as bowls or dishes, particularly if they have a more rounded profile, as are very big ships with a plate form. Dishware and tableware are dishware. In many societies, plates in timber, pottery and metal go back to ancient times.

What is the difference between stoneware and porcelain?

Stoneware as opposed to porcelain. Porcelain and china are fired at a greater temperature than stoneware, but have structures that are likewise durable and non-porous. Both porcelain and china are produced from a finer clay particle than stoneware, resulting in a thinner building and a more translucent body.

Ceramic plates and history

Did you know that handmade ceramic plates go back in time 30,000 years? Plates can be created from basic materials that hunter-gathers possessed years ago. And because of this they did not have to carry them everywhere they went. These ancient ceramic plates were used in many cultures as either an individual or collective place to put food.

Handmade ceramic plates

Green plate
Green handmade ceramic decorative plate
In today's world plates serve many roles. Including a place to put food and as serve as decoration. When looking for decorative ceramic plates I look for plates that are unique and different.

I wanted to make my plates colorful, attractive and could be used for decoration or serving. It thought is could serve a dual role. that's why I make all my plates from food safe glazes. In addition, I find the typical round neutral color plate rather boring.

Plate design

  1. Rim - The piece's exterior edge ; often decorated with gold, for instance.
  2. Lip - The lip, the rise from the well to the rim. A prominent rim can aid in getting food on your utensil. Not all plates have a distinct rim. Some just have a slight upward slope or is parallel to the foundation.
  3. Well - The well, the plate's bottom, where food is positioned. 
  4. Base - or the bottom.
  5. Trencher - A fully flat serving plate, suitable for dry foods only. Also referred to as a cheeseboard in western countries.


Examples of Ceramics

Examples of Ceramics I often asked this question what are examples of ceramics and is ceramics considered pottery . The best known exa...