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My colorful ceramic sea creatures cover a villa in Spain!!

handmade ceramic sea creatures and fish on the Villa's exterior

I was commissioned to create handmade ceramic sea creature wall decor for the exterior of a villa on the sea in Spain. This was quite an undertaking requiring months to create. I had to design each piece so that it could be attached to the exterior wall, look fabulous and survive being shipped to Europe. My client requested 35 fish all different some swimming in one direction- others in the opposite.

colorful ceramic starfish
colorful ceramic starfish

Each sea creature must be exciting and different.

When I create my wall sculptures; whether fish, turtles, owls or other wonderful animals, my intention is use textures and color to make a piece of art that interests any viewer. I use stamps that I have shaped and sculpted, jewelry, zippers, and odd bits of things with useful textures to cover the animal in a way that enhances their structure. Usually people purchase a single wall sculpture to add zip to a room-inside or outside, others will group several on a wall. This was my first commission using sea creature decor as architectural ornamentation. And it turned out great!

handmade ceramic octopus

The client was so pleased he reordered twice as many more! 20 crabs, 10 octopus, 4 turtles, 10 star fish and  30 more fish!

outside of villa with ceramic fish

fish on wall looking toward the sea

Figuring out how to make delicate sea creatures like crabs and octopus so they would be durable, meant some engineering improvements like clay slab backing.

clay sea creature crabs
sculpting and imprinting designs on crabs
colorful handmade ceramic crabs
colorful handmade ceramic crabs

blue and green handmade ceramic crabs

The other sea creatures presented other challenges but were fun to figure out and create!

ceramic squid sculptures
ceramic squid sculptures

a variety of handmade ceramic octopus

handmade green aqua crab

I love doing commissions, whether is tile, sculpture or paintings. Your ideas are a spring board offering me an opportunity to design and discover.  If you would like sea creatures to hang on your wall, or to use as architectural detail give me a call. I am happy to work with you to determine colors, subject matter and construction. Prices will vary depending on the level of labor and complexity. We will quote the price based on each job. 


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Dana in Baltimore!!

Danasimson.com Baltimore show

You can see my art at two venues in Baltimore in the month of May.

this weekend!! Saturday & Sunday May 14 & 15, 10-5pm at an amazing mid-century modernist house; 11011 Baronet Rd.  Owings Mills, MD, I will be exhibiting with 8 other wonderful artists:

You are invited to come!!   https://www.facebook.com/agatheringofcraftsmen/owlCsm

 

Currently at Fleckenstein Gallery . through May 28, 2016 

FL1smPersonal Myths

Fanciful Paintings and Ceramics by
DANA SIMSON
May 7th – May 28th

3316 Keswick Road • Baltimore, MD 21211  (410) 366-3669
[email protected]

Tuesdays-Fridays 11:00am – 7:00pm 
Saturdays 11:00am – 5:00pm, 

& by appointmen

Closed Sunday and Monday


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