When you want a fierce fish with personality...Custom is the way to go!
These pieces are part of the custom collection of Fish with Attitude. No two fish will be the same and each will feature the their own quirky personalities. Many of these pieces will have more detail or teeth than the standard Fish with Attitude and custom crafted for the client.
Here you can see the small fish in the making...
As you can see these custom pieces can take on many looks depending on the unique sculpting. These guys almost always have something special about them, giant teeth, fun textures and those eyes have to have just the right amount of attitude. The fins make each piece unique and interesting, along with strategic body wrinkles and scales. Who wouldn't want one of these?
The finish work makes each fish take on a life of it's own....
Raku ceramic firing was first developed by the Japanese back in the 1500s they mainly used it to make tea ceremony cups!
Raku was first brought to the United States in the 1950s it has been developed and experimented with over those many years. The ancient techniques of raku process involves heating the piece quickly and then cooling it rapidly in a reduction atmosphere basically free of oxygen. This lack of oxygen creates the effects on the glaze surfaces .
I learned about raku firing techniques from a man named Jake black he was a Canadian teacher that came down to Texas state in the winter time to teach Raku firing techniques, he was kind enough to share his many glaze formulas and his years of experience. I still use those same glaze techniques and formulas to this day 25 years later. -Mike Quinn
Mike can even make you a glow light as shown by these two lovable fish. He does have very large versions of this as well, The sky is the limit on creations like this! Options include full wired wall sconce, battery operated puck light or a corded light that plugs into the wall.
It's hard not to fall for this school of fish, they are all over the place with quirky faces, crazy teeth and fabulous paint jobs. As you can see a fish is mounted uniquely on the wall with a wooden plaque and copper. If you would like a similar fish just contact Mike...Keep in mind these guys need to be on the smaller side due to weight. Kissing fish are also made on request, you can sometimes find them in the gallery store in February.
Sometimes Mike gets on a roll with a color scheme, but don't be fooled you may never see this color combo again. Many of our collectors like to grab a few in a specific pattern or color to make a mini school of fish on the wall. Be sure to email us your collection and we will feature it on out Galleries We Love Page!
Flaming fish? Yes, Please! These guys are pretty rare but if you ask super nicely Mike will custom paint a flaming fish for you. This goes for the cast fish as well. If you see a fish you want to turn into a speedster just ask Mike. He can make flames in any colors as well....even school colors!
These fish may be blue, but they aren't feeling down! These terrors of the reef stand out in a crowd, blue is the new black after all. Ignore that lone angry green fish...apparently Mike hates green, I'm sure it has something to do with his deep pathological loathing of brussels sprouts. Ok...maybe not but green is pretty rare on his fish.
Well not just red...a little orange and pink too! There are no boring fish in this school, they feature big teeth, big attitudes and a flare for color.
Custom fish doesn't always mean created from scratch. Mike can take the cast fish and make a super special paint job just for you, in this case the customer wanted FSU school colors on his fish. This is a fantastic alternative option to still get that custom feel. We currently have several blank fish that can be order in our Gallery Store.
These guys rarely make it to the store without someone snatching them up. However you can request Mike to make you a special fish, the size and finish and detail will dictate the pricing. Mike has lots of options...check out the About the Art page for more insight into his work. Contact Jodi@FishWithAttitude.com for a custom order.
We do stock several pre-molded fish designs that are often featured in our Gallery Store.