Friday, March 8, 2013

Dreaming of Spring

Here's a miniature basket I made at a Marilyn Wald basket weaving workshop I took recently. This basket is about three inches by three inches by about half an inch wide. I still haven't finished the top of the basket and I have two other baskets in process. I may have bitten off more than I can chew taking on basket weaving right now. Being a beginner the basket weaving group moves much faster than I can go.

Never the less ideas are formulating in my head for the type of baskets I want to weave. I'm slowly gathering natural materials, like inflorescence from palm trees, to include in my basket weaving. For a wonderful photograph of a Bangalow palm inflorescence see Anna's post here. Asymmetrical and natural shapes like the ceramic basket I made above come to mind when I think of what I want to weave.

You won't want to miss my potter blogger friend, Connie Norman's letter G post this week, which includes pots by Gillian Parke, Gail Kendall, and Jim Gottuso. Connie's photography of these potter's pots in natural setting's are so imaginative including a pot floating in a bathtub!

In other news Lori Watts launched a kickstarter to develop a line of cone 6 reduction glazes and pots which take less energy to fire. Any reduction in fuel costs is a worthwhile endeavor for many reasons.

Meanwhile I'm working on another Spring cleaning project in my studio. While I'm working this little bird is a new visitor who is pecking at the windows. I have the cardinal pecking in the mornings and this little guy is pecking in the afternoons. Click the link for an Etsy treasury, Dreaming of Spring. Thanks for reading and for all  your comments.


  1. Ah, is there no end to your talents?
    Basket weaving might be fun. Think I will look for a course here.
    Spring is springing here. I planted my hanging baskets with veggies yesterday. We have quite a few 60's and 70's in our forecast. Yippee.

  2. Happy International Women's Day, Linda!

  3. You've outdone yourself again...lots of links that are most enjoyable. The bathtub photo is my favorite, what a sense of humor. And now I've got another potter's blog to follow too. Good luck with the spring cleaning. It's still to cold (and I'm too sick) to start it here yet.

  4. Oh, but you've got nimble fingers, Linda. Your basket looks like a pro made it! Great job!

    The other day we had snow, lots of it, then the sun came out and melted most of it, a sure sign Mother Nature's ready for her next act in life's play.

  5. Linda, you are surely a master of creative arts!

  6. Great pictures on Connie's sight, thanks for the link.

  7. I am enjoying this spring like day. Nice basket.

  8. That is a gorgeous little basket. Goodness you are clever!

  9. Hi Patti, thanks, I think there are quite a number of basket weavers in Arkansas and the beauty of this craft is you can gather materials right from nature and use them so the cost can be much less than other's like pottery.

    Hi Carole Ann, thanks, I didn't even know it was Woman's Day, same to you.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, my favorite was the first photo near the railroad tracks but they were all wonderful, enjoy.

    Hi Kittie, thanks, the basket weaving is meditative, spring is the odd time of year with great fluctuations in temp and such but I love it.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, no master, but I try and lots of mediums too. Ha.

    Hi Lori, thanks, yes I thoroughly enjoyed Connie's post.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, nice to finally get some warmer weather.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, oh weaving is great fun and a challenge too.

  10. Spring is the perfect time to is a new and fresh beginning...that is always something to look forward to. :)


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