Two Juried Fine Craft Shows July 12–14 & August 9–11, 2019
As a student of Native American cultures (particularly Southwestern), I have always had an appreciation for Native American basketry and pottery. The traditional shapes are classic. I wondered how I might be able to evoke the same look, but with fibers. In my studies of tribal crafts, I have learned that their clay vessels were built by rolling out long "snakes" of clay and coiling the clay into the vessel shapes. The coils were then smoothed down with a flat stone. It occurred to me that I might be able to use the same coiling technique with fibers. After much trial and error, I think I have successfully formed the shapes used in some Native American pottery and baskets, but with my own perspective and new materials. Once the basket has been built, I reinforce the shape to keep the finished look intact.