The finish is pretty bad, i don't know how I could have done it better though. It actually evened out a lot when I sponged on thinned down black and then wiped it off.
So. I thought of a thing, then I made that thing nearly exactly. It's a very satisfying thing to be able to do, kind of akin to learning your first language really- it lets you show people "no, look, this is *exactly* what I am thinking of." In the case of this sea creature, ah, it was probably 30 hours of work (plus I did not do my own kiln tending, which is more work that someone did) which was possibly not worth it for the end result. But theoretically, the ability to execute and render concepts is quite powerful.