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.“
“I create each fish one at a time,” said Weiss who is able to fire 22 fish in his kiln. “Making a fish is a process that is a minimum of 14 days. Every fish is handled at least 10 times before it comes out of the kiln in its finished state. We rarely carry an inventory. We hand craft each fish, one of a kind.” For more information, or to order Weiss’ garden fish, visit fishinthegarden.net. A piece of art, made right here in Maine by a sixth-generation Mainer no less, Weiss’ garden fish are floating on the cutting edge of what every garden needs and wants. Now you can have fish swimming in your garden, no water necessary. And, not only can you do that, but you can also help Weiss reach his goal, and how often do we get such a stylish opportunity to do that for anybody?