When John decides to explore a form he's usually thought about the ideas before sketching them out in his notebook. Fish shapes have been a part of this process. Glazes he's been testing also drives the shapes and sizes of the ideas he works out in his notebook. Before he starts the series he warms up by making small pottery candle-holders or tea bowls.
The glaze is a matte gold, iron and porcelain white; the 'spikes' are drops of porcelain formulated to fit our clay body.