The glass fish pictured here was produced in Cologne and resides at a museum in that city. When I first saw this object I was immediately captivated by its grace and fanciful form. Although I've only seen it in pictures it still reflects a dynamic, humorous quality.
In 1998 during my last year teaching, my good friend Fritz Dreisbach was demonstrating glass blowing to my students. Using the picture seen here I had him blow as close a copy as he could. This was to be the start of a series of works that continues to this day, (2014). Although I've been retired from teaching for 16 years Fritz still blows a couple of fish for me whenever we're together and in a hot shop. The fish he makes for me still stay within the style of that original Roman one but they have now taken on a life of their own and reflect my contemporary spirit. The pieces below are recent and are a homage to those Roman glass artisans.