I make my baskets by combining two techniques: wheel throwing and hand building. The baskets are thrown as bowls on my pottery wheel. This year I added a split rim for glaze pooling.
When the clay is setting up, I roll some coils and then stamp them with a basket weave pattern.
The baskets are fired in a bisque before they are able to be glazed. I use a brown glaze to accent the pattern on the handle, then glazed them in my Turks and Caicos color palette of soft green and blues. Once fired for the second time, the baskets are sanded on the bottom and hand washed where I check for any imperfections.
The baskets are photographed, priced and added into inventory.
The baskets were delivered to the Dedham Square Artist Guild, located in Dedham, Ma just in time for my trunk show last weekend.
There are three baskets left and they are currently for sale at the Dedham Guild. Once in the Guild, you will find many things to fill your basket with – like handcrafted eggs by Cindy Mootz; Easter cards by Kerry Hawkins; jewelry by Melanie Guerra, Barbara Trainer and Jill Barry, as well as the first book by illustrator artist, Marietta Apollonio entitled “A Curious Alphabet for Curious People”, and so much more.