Every year when spring rolls around, I create clay baskets. They symbolize new life, growth, Easter, spring, childhood, flowers and more. The design varies from year to year making them fun to collect.
This year, my basket inspiration comes from this beautiful silver basket that I’ve had for many years. I love the way the rim undulates and the handle rises up. It’s a lovely size for jewelry or as a candy bowl.
This past year, I participated in a workshop, hosted by Potters Place, with Delaney Wise. Delaney is a ceramic artist and teacher at Harvard. She taught us many things including how to create an undulating rim. I thought this technique might work well this year’s baskets. My form starts on the potter’s wheel as a bowl with a thickened rim.
Cutting the rim deliberately and then removing those pieces produces an area that can be softened and then manipulated.
When I find the shape I like, the bowl is removed from the wheel and squished to make ready for the basket handles.
I created a few new stamps and this one felt right on my baskets… a little flower.I hand pull my handles and attach them to the leather hard clay. The stamp acts as decoration and added assurance that the handle is attached securely to the vessel.
This year’s baskets are ready for eggs, plants, candy or treasures. They are for sale at theDedham Square Artist Guild in Dedham Square. Hop over to get yours! Happy Spring!