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Diana Pittis uses cardboard boxes for her post-firing reduction. The remnants of one such firing is seen here.

Gone Fishing: Making the Switch from Pottery to Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On September 1, 2014 5 Comments

When Dianna Pittis switched from making pots to making sculpture, she had to invent some clay tools that made it possible for her to realize her vision. Making fish seemed straightforward enough—until she actually started making fish and had to deal with the logistics and technical aspects of building and firing them safely. Below, Pittis explains her process of discovery and invention, as well as her process from forming through firing.

Using a combination of two glazes and several sprayed stains, Dianna Pittis makes fish sculptures that accurately mimic the markings and colorings of the fish in nature.

That Looks Fishy: Diana Pittis’ Raku Glaze Recipes

Posted On October 22, 2008 2 Comments

In a previous feature, Diana Pittis shared the innovations she made to her raku firing technique to make firing her fish sculptures as efficient and successful as possible. Check it out here to see her specially fabricated firing tongs and the raku cradle she made for her fish. Today, we bring you her glaze recipes and decorating techniques for acheiving realistic-looking surfaces. Through trial and error, she has come up with a way to stay true to the form she is trying to replicate. It looks fishy to me!