Tyson Weiss

Weiss admits he has been captivated by the concept of fish being part of a garden setting for a long time. Combining his talent for working with clay and his landscaping expertise was only natural.

"Ceramics has a lot of conceptual parallels with stone masonry," Weiss said of how his two passions have merged. "Actually I came up with the concept of the fish when I was 19. I had a ceramics teacher who had us keep a pottery journal of ideas. It was just a simple pencil sketch on the corner of a page. But the fish in the garden idea really clicked when I was on my first snorkeling trip in Belize. There was an underwater reef landscape with schools of colorful fish collectively making sinuous curves navigating among the tree and shrub-like coral structures, and I said to myself, 'This is it!' And now I am just trying to bring that incredible beauty, this visual sensation of 'flow' into gardens and interiors."

Because the fish are usually used in multiples of three or more, they actually become one much larger sculptural piece--a school of fish within the garden. And unlike a static sculpture, the school of fish actually appears to be moving through the landscape. They appear to have momentum which can direct the garden visitor along garden paths.

"Their 'flow' implies water and brings that water quality, that aesthetic to any landscape or interior." Weiss said.