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fish in the garden

by Tyson Weiss
Handmade
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  • the story

The Real Mc-Koi

Get your garden off to a swimming start with these beautiful and tranquil Koi fish. Bred as breathtaking creatures for over 150 years, Koi have the ability to recognize their owners, ring a bell for food and live for over 30 years.

Each Koi, with its own pair of steel and wood bases for mounting indoors or outside, is painstakingly handcrafted by artist Tyson Weiss in his Maine studio with the intention of capturing the peaceful fluid presence of schooling Koi fish.

Made from durable stoneware clay with a pigmented silica glaze, these Koi shed water and are both heat and cold resistant. They look even more majestic when grouped together in a school or used as markers leading guests down a garden path. Don't have a garden? The interior stand on these fish makes them perfectly at home on your mantle, shelf or table.

Due to the handmade nature of these items, each is one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly.

Sold individually.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
19176
Made from
reclaimed steel, stoneware, wood
Measurements
Each fish approx. 15" L x 7" H x 5" D; 5 lbs.
Notes
Clean with damp cloth. Each Koi includes two stands (as shown in the additional images underneath the main image): a desktop stand (with white base) for indoor use, and a stake for outdoor use. The bottom of the fish has a large opening so that it can be placed to balance on the wooden platforms of each stand.
  • the maker

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.

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FISH IN THE GARDEN
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Attractive (12)
  • Weather proof (6)
  • Visible at A distance (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to secure (4)

Cons

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  • Garden (7)
  • Back yard (5)
  • Front yard (5)
  • Porch (4)
  • Outside (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3), Yes (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self (3)

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5.0

Fabulous Fish

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from Summerfield, FL

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Beautiful
  • Durable
  • Easy To Clean
  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outside

    Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

    The Koi are so decorative. They add just the right touch to my landscape.

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    • No
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    • Personal
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    • Self
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    5.0

    Fantastic Fish

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    from Summerfield, FL

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Clean
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

        I added the Koi to my stone washed rock "pond" in my landscape and now it really is a Koi pond! They look wonderful.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

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        5.0

        Great Service and Product!

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        from Green Bay

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              Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

              The Koi are beautiful in the flower garden in the entry way to the house and will also make a great addition in the winter months to the family room.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Service was impressive - not only in the packaging to prevent damage but also how quickly they arrived!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Anniversary

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              5.0

              Very nice!

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              from Florida

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              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Durable
              • Easy To Clean
              • Easy To Install
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

                  I love my koi and I am always looking for things to decorate with around the pond. This is so nice, though, that I may just keep it in the living room with me. I bought the white and orange version and the orange patches on mine are Large and attractive. It is VERY substantial and can sit on a flat surface without the stand, if you prefer. I think I will get the othe colors as well--maybe some of them will make it out to the pond ;-))

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                  • No
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                  • Personal
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                  • Self
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                  5.0

                  Great gift!

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                  from California

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gifts
                    • Outside

                    Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

                    Beautiful design. Great gift for fans of Koi ponds.
                    Nice to support an artist working in the USA.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Father
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Birthday

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                    5.0

                    Bought all 3, Love them

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                    from San Diego, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Artistic
                    • Attractive Design
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outside

                      Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

                      I thought these were a little pricey initially but when I received them I understood why. They are very attractive and very sturdy, also quite artistic. They will add such wonderful personality to the yard. I would have felt a little self indulgent buying these for myself, but the recipient loved them! Another great purchase from this site.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Other
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                      5.0

                      A whimsical touch for the garden

                      By 

                      from Upstate NY

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                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Secure
                      • Unique
                      • Visible At A Distance
                      • Weather Resistant

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Back Yard
                        • Front Yard
                        • Garden

                        Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

                        I got these for my mother for her garden. She loves the touch of whimsy they add 'swimming' through ornamental grasses. They even survived a New Hampshire winter.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Purchase

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                        from Eagan, MN

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                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy To Secure
                        • Weather Resistant

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden

                          Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

                          Service was excellent - product arrived very quickly. I ordered three and all are stunning: the cobalt blue is even more beautiful in person. The item was larger than I expected, owing more to my inability to conceptualize the size than a misrepresentation in the specs. Nonetheless, it is perfect and I can't wait for spring so I can place the three fish in my garden. One suggestion; you can select the color when ordering but I did not see an option to select "direction" that the fish is swimming. Consequently, I have 3 beautiful coi all facing/swimming in the same direction. Either i did not understand how to order or picking swimming direction is not an option. If the latter, I would suggest including this as an option when ordering.

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                          5.0

                          was better than expected

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                          from ar

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Secure

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Inside house
                            • Porch

                            Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

                            it was a gift for a friend, arrived before it was expected, in time for Christmas and was even better than described.

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                            5.0

                            Fish in the garden

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                            from long beach ca

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                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Visible At A Distance
                            • Weather Resistant

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Back Yard
                              • Front Yard
                              • Garden
                              • Porch

                              Comments about FISH IN THE GARDEN:

                              This is the most amazing garden stake. I put it around my fountain with some ornamental grass and they look like they are swimming around having lots of fun. They are STUNNING! gets compliments all the time. They are so worrth it

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