The fish tornado has nothing to do with Sharknado!!

Reporting for Beachfront Pottery is Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.

The Published News Article

This news article is greatly disappointing for the fans of the “Sharknado” flicks, because the fish tornado in this article is a different type of fish movement.  Definitely no fish flying through air to terrorize small tons!!

Great photography and brief video here!  The schooling behavior is spectacularly illustrated on the example of the fish species called trevally, or jack.

See What It’s Like to Journey Inside a Fish ‘Tornado’

Most of the time, we compare the state of our oceans to years past, when fish were more abundant and marine life was healthier. Cabo Pulmo in Baja California is different-many marine biologists consider this to be the most successful marine reserve in the world.

Beachfront Pottery (BFP) Pieces

The spiraling, swirling schooling behavior is aesthetically inviting, biologically interesting. We all heard about “sharks circling their targeted prey”, and that schooling of the sharks that inspired my “Feeding Frenzy” series of sculptures.


“Feeding Frenzy, II” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


I will be detailing the construction of this modular piece in a later blog.  Here it’s enough to state that this sculpture is a composite of seven identical units, seven modules.  The individual units represent a single shark, and the spiral arrangement of the unit pieces gave this look that is very similar to that fish tornado schooling pattern in the news article.

This piece is about 10 inches wide, and 9 inches tall.  The modules are about 8 inches long.


“Feeding Frenzy, II” by Robert Kokenyesi close up view


This close up view shows how the individual units are layered on top of each other.  The glazing of each individual shark is also visible.






Inspiration for Future Ceramic Art Pieces

The schooling behavior can create  several shapes of the schooling fish, including a spear, a ball, or a random shape similar to what “murmuration” of birds create.  Given this natural versatility and variation in shape, there is no end to absorb inspiration from fish schooling, and then there is no end to the creative use of the unit-based, modular sculpture constructions .


“Feeding Frenzy” bowl by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


So, here is one prototype of the modular “feeding Frenzy” constrictions.  This is a bowl, a minimal bowl still having a stylistic bowl shape, but far from a traditional, practically functional bowl.




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