Aquariums are such fun to visit. I am always inspired by the variety of shapes, colors and sizes of the fish. I also love to stroll hardware stores! I found these green matches in my local store and thought it was a fun unexpected combination.

This non-functional porcelain teapot began life on my potters wheel. I had great fun selecting  and altering bits and pieces of thrown clay to transform it into a fish.  The surface has been scared then I applied O's of clay to support the glued in place real matches after firing.  The green surface was achieved by thinning my under glaze colorant and applying it as a color wash. Maintenance free aquarium!

- Eileen Braun

She Could Be So Hot

Ceramic artwork

Signed on back

8" h x 8" w x 12" d
2 lbs. 5 oz.



Eileen Braun
Dunwoody, Georgia

Getting to Know Eileen

Eileen Braun’s ceramic work is heavily influenced by nature, in particular her love of the ocean and fascination with the mysteries that lie beneath it. The smooth organic shapes of her ceramics resemble oceanic creatures, such as sea urchins and blowfish, immediately striking and otherworldly. Eileen works with a medium that typically produces functional items, such as bowls, vases, and teapots. However, she takes the medium out of the realm of function and into the world of fine art. A piece may take the shape of a teapot but it has been transformed into a fish plugged with matches where the hot water would pour from, rendering it purely sculptural. This provides a sense of humor and surprise to the work. Eileen sketches many of the pieces before she sculpts them, and sees herself as an architect, building the foundation before she begins each piece. She has an enormous collection of tools, taken from her kitchen, trips to the hardware store, or objects found on walks. She particularly loves her collection of chopsticks, which she uses for delicate stippling on the surface of the clay. The careful detail and artistic craft of each piece is obvious, however, Eileen is able to make the work feel natural and infused with character. Her ability to balance perfection with imperfection is even more mystical than the sea creatures she interprets.