Bulbous herringbone weave basket with stripy hazel handle
Inspired by man made curves in large scale hand-built ceramic vases and the natural curves found in boulders and the human body. I have been exploring this form for some time, each basket has different curves. I have been experimenting with building curvaceous side walls which give the basket a bulbous and voluptuous feel which i adore.
I love the bulky weave which is highly textured and gives the form solidity as well as a fluid surface. The colours of the willow also give a painterly effect. I have used organically grown willow from our osier beds here in King’s Cliffe, they include Dark Dicks, Dicky Meadows, Packing Twine and Brittany Blue willows. The stripy barked hazel rod is from a local hazel coppice woodland just down the road at Pipewell Woods.
46 cm wide x 27 cm high (including handle)