Clay Fish Sculpture

The idea sounds easy at first but buying clay fish sculptures for your best friend and choosing the right color for use as wall décor turns out to be much harder than anticipated. For Some people choosing ceramic fish wall décor colors that looks great together comes easy. Other folks don’t know where to begin. In this article I’ll give you solid decorating tips and color ideas you can use.

Ceramic Fish Sculpture Gallery

My color choosing process is just one way of choosing color combinations that are interesting and guaranteed to work together. My process is not necessarily the best way or only way, but it works for me.

Brown bass
Ceramic Trout Sculpture

I have decades of experience choosing perfect color combinations. Be sure to check my online store for clay fish sculpture decorating ideas. I am sure you will be amazed at how well the color combinations go together. 

Most Popular Clay Fish Sculpture Colors Today

What are some ceramic fish sculpture decor color combinations that will make your home interior more interesting?

Fish Art - Great Colors That Go Well Together

Ceramic fish colors are mostly Blue-Green. But you do not have to choose blue-green.

Clay fish hanging on the wall - School of fish artwork
Ceramic Fish Sculpture Artwork

Typical ceramic clay fish sold online and in stores are mostly blue in color or have a heavy blue green Mediterranean like color. There is nothing wrong with these colors they look great together. But I think there are more interesting colors that will make more of a statement.

Blue Green

Light Blue Green

Using a heavy blue green color would work well and stay within what’s already been done. This theme could be considered more realistic. Or what I mean is that if I see a blue green fish on the wall I would consider it normal and may not be that interesting to me. It’s just another blue green fish, right? It would be more fun to bring in some colors to make things interesting, right?

Rainbow Trout

A good fish to model the clay fish after is the Rainbow Trout.

It’s native to North America and has vibrant colors. The trout is also a very popular game fish and has been introduced into streams and lakes across the country. Colors for trout vary due to habitat and maturity. But most all trout have a pinkish band of color running the length of their body. Pink or a shade of pink would be a good color to use on the clay fish.

By using a pink band across the length of the body the clay fish would be easily recognizable as a trout and this color scheme would add a vibrant color making our fish look interesting and worthy of decorative wall art.

Also a shade of green would accent the pink and be more of a realistic look. So by using this color scheme we get both a realistic like fish that also use colors of interest.

It’s interesting to know trout are actually predator fish. They eat other small fish, insects and even fish eggs. They begin to spawn at around 3 to 4 years old. Another interesting behavior is they return to the same stream where they were hatched when spawning. The spawning season is in the spring. A Rainbow Trout will find a secluded place to spawn. The female will dig in the gravel where her eggs will be laid. After the eggs are laid the male will fertilize them. In cool water the eggs will hatch in about 21 days. Rainbow trout live to about 4 to 6 years. In captivity they would live longer.

Choose the perfect clay fish artwork for your friend – Choose the right size

We have to have the right size clay fish and the right color of fish to hang on the wall, right? The first thing to do when making or buying a simple clay fish is to figure out the dimensions of the fish. Since a fish has a long body the maximum length should be determined first. Remember the maximum length will also be limited by the size of the Kiln.

For ease of writing this article I am going to assume making a clay fish but the same principles apply to buying one as well.

A length of 15 inches will fit into the kiln with room to spare. Also 15 inches is a good size to hang on the wall. This length will also look good with other smaller clay fish running along beside.

A good dimension for clay fish wall decor is about 9 to 15 inches long. My example is about 15 inches long.

I suggest having a number of smaller fish and some number of larger fish in both length and width. By making different size fish they can be hung in a group making a clay fish wall decor gallery. This scheme can fill larger open wall spaces.

In the end, the goal is to have several handmade ceramic fish to be used as wall decor that are colorful and add interest to any blank wall.

Clay fishy features you need to know – know your way around fish

It’s important to know the features of a fish to help with making a clay sculpture. Or at least you are more knowledgeable when purchasing your artwork. You can decide what features are more important to you and which are not.

It’s not necessary to incorporate all these features into our model. We will only want the most relevant features or the features that are most important or speaks to us.

Fish have what’s called a lateral line. Representing this line on a clay fish would be a good idea. A hard line could be drawn or the use of color could make the distinction. A fish cannot hear so the lateral line is a nerve along a row of sensory pores on both sides of the fish allowing the fish to detect objects in the water. The lateral line of a fish can detect the size and shape as well as the speed and direction of travel of objects or other fish.

For this blog post the Rainbow Trout will have a lateral line but will be separated by color and not have a hard line drawn in. For other clay fish sculptures it’s not necessary to have a lateral line. It’s just good to know should one be represented what it is. So we can have fish with a lateral line and fish without one. Either way, it does not matter.

A fish’s color and markings serve as camouflage therefore fish live near or around rocks or tall weeds usually have camouflage markings on their side. Fish are usually darker on the top than on the bottom. Due to the darker color it makes them more inconspicuous.

A brownish or greenish fish color would work well for a clay fish hanging art decor but for art they can be any color as long as the colors are complementary.

Fish have a spiny dorsal fin and a soft dorsal fin. A spiny dorsal fin is up top and midway on the fish’s back. The soft dorsal fin is directly behind the spiny dorsal. Fish also have a pelvic fin directly underneath on the bottom of their body and in the rear an anal fin. Two pectoral fins are on each side behind the gill.

The clay fish sculpture sill need to have some but not all of the identifiable markings. I don’t think all features needs to be sculpted exactly as in real life but a clay representation should have at least a dorsal and tail fin.

Fish Shape

What shape is important? Should the clay fish be long and thin or wide and short? What is normal and what is realistic? Does it really matter?

One North American fresh water fish which is a popular game fish is called the Bronzeback or Smallmouth bass. In some states the Smallmouth bass is a sport fish. It usually found in water temperatures that do not exceed 90 F and have gravel or rough lake bottoms. They are also found in most reservoirs and rocky lake areas where the water is clear. Their distinguishing feature is their mouth does not extend past their eye. Smallmouths are usually about 8 to 22 inched long but most of the biggest ones are rarely longer than 18 inches.

To accurately represent a Smallmouth bass the clay fish would be brown or brownish in color and have a small mouth and medium size body not too wide. With these characteristics it would be immediately recognizable as a Smallmouth bass.

In addition to the Smallmouth there is what called a Largemouth bass. Largemouth like warm waters and are often found near underwater vegetation. The prefer cover of fallen trees, stumps and brush. They have more of a greenish top color. Also, their mouth is large. The Largemouth bass mouth extends beyond their eye. They are usually anywhere from 8 to 24 inches in length.


Jaw line extends beyond the eye.

To accurately represent a Largemouth as clay fish the artwork would need to have more of a greenish color and the clay fish needs a larger mouth extending past the fish’s eye with a medium body not too wide.

The last fresh water fish discussed is the Sunfish. It’s important to know about Sunfishes because their general shape is different than the other fish discussed above. The Sunfish has a wider and shorter body and small mouth. They live in shallow, clean lakes or ponds as well as slow flowing rivers and creeks. Insects are their food of choice. They span in shallow water and usually spawn later into the hot summer months. These fish are usually seen grouped together in schools. They are usually about anywhere from 4 to 11 inches long.

To accurately represent a Sunfish as clay fish the artwork would need to have more of a greenish color and a lighter color underbelly and a small or smaller mouth with a wider body and not too long.

Clay Fish Shape Conclusion

Now that we know some general information about what is realistic. How does this information influence our clay fish sculpture? What shape and what colors should our clay fish take on?

We know our clay fish can have a lateral line or not. We know primary popular colors are blue, green and we know fish have a primary dorsal fin on top and have a pelvic fin on the bottom. Two pectoral fins are also on each side of the fish. Fish colors can be camouflaged and can have markings on their side. Some fish are darker on the top than others.

Clay fish sculptures therefore can be long and some can be wide. All will have a dorsal fin and a tail fin. Some can have spots and camouflaged color markings. The lateral line and camouflage will be exploited with interesting color combinations.

Rock solid clay fish sculpture decor color combos you need to know

Color is the most important feature for our clay fish and wall decor. For our clay fish a tried and true color combination is Pink, Green-Blue and Blue-Green. We know by research that these colors occur naturally in nature as the Rainbow Trout.




Creamy Orange

We also know fish are camouflaged so  colors can be exploited to create an interesting camouflage pattern.

These colors will be used in the clay fish wall art so they can also be used as accent colors throughout the room creating a flow and continuity. We know Black goes with most all colors and we know which are primary colors are and which are secondary.





Light Blue


Light Brown

Wall Color Matters Greatly

If the room you are planning to decorate is in a neutral color then you are in luck and things just got easy. You can have some fun with colors. If you room color is a primary color then you should read my article called “What are the best color combinations that look great together”. Then choose your colors accordingly.

So, if your walls have a neutral color simply find a primary color from the clay fish decor and use that color for your accent color. For example, you could use Light Blue, Red or Yellow if using art created in any of the above mentioned colors. You could even use Black. You would accessorize with Light Blue towels for example, and a throw rug if decorating the bathroom. Or Light Blue pillows if decorating a casual room. By doing so you are pulling out colors in the artwork. You have now added an interesting look.

My top 6 ceramic fish art wall decorations to  make your walls pop

Here is how the color combinations turned out. Just think of all the possibilities of color combinations that could be used as accent colors pulling from the artwork below.

Rainbow Trout

Green and Blue simple clay fish with a color separation for a lateral line.

Ceramic Fish
Ceramic Rainbow Trout
Simple Clay Fish
Ceramic Sunfish Sculpture

Sunfish Design

Bold Black, Yellow and Green color combination.  Camouflage patterns are exploited with interesting color combinations.

Sunfish Design

Notice there is no Pelvic fin on the bottom. Camouflage patterns are exploited with interesting color combinations.

Ceramic fish
Clay Sunfish Decor
Handmade ceramic wall art
Striped Bass Sculpture

Striped Design

Use of bold Black and White stripes with Red accent colors make this one pop.

Another Sunfish Body Pattern

Bold colors in a camouflage pattern.

Fish sculpture
Sunfish Decor
Clay Fish Wall Decor
Brown Bass Design

Longer Body Design

Use of creamy Browns and Burgandy accents.

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Ceramic Fish Decor Ideas Conclusion

I hope this article was a value in helping you select great color combinations for your décor or selecting the right color combinations when buying clay fish artwork. By picking out the primary colors in the art and using them as accents in a neutral room is ideal. This creates very interesting and pleasing color combinations. The big advantage is that you can change the accent colors easily to come up with a totally new look without much effort. This is how amazing color combinations were created for clay fish artwork.

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