Flying fish (Exocoetidae) are found in in tropical and sub-tropical sections of all oceans. They possess an extraordinary ability to leap out of the water and glide long distances, wind-assisted, to evade predators. One specimen was recorded gliding for 45 seconds over a distance of about 160 feet. Their aerodynamic bodies and fin curvature have striking similarity to modern aircraft fuselages and airfoils. As a food source, they are consumed in just about every oceanic culture, and their bright orange roe is a prevalent delicacy in Japan and Korea. Flying fish produce beautiful zig-zagging patterns on the water's surface as they take off, which I also wanted to capture as part of this piece. Four different shades of celadon glaze was used along with underglaze for the fish and the ocean. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet clay model