This week I've drifted away from the sgraffito work to making driftwood handled baskets. My intention is to wrap the handle ends with waxed linen thread or perhaps some copper wire strung through holes I've placed in the top of the basket. What do you think? The handle will be added after firing. Above is the first basket I've made.
Here's the second basket. The pieces of clay you see at the bottom edge are temporarily holding the basket up till it dries. The uprights on the side wrap under the basket much like a wooden water basket would be constructed.
Here is a water carrier with a driftwood handle I made back in college in 2008.
Above is a water bucket I made in 2011.
Gary said he'd go to the beach to collect more driftwood for me if I need it. I told him that wouldn't be necessary. You see I'm a bit of a pack rat. Above is a bin full of medium sized driftwood I collected.
Here's a bin full of the large sized driftwood I collected.
Here's a bin full of the largest size driftwood I've collected. Some of these may be too large for handles. Hum wonder what else I can use these for? Any ideas?
Here's a small pile of unusual shaped driftwood I've collected. All of this driftwood was collected when I lived in California, and that was many many years ago. Every time we moved Gary asked "what are you going to do with this driftwood". I always answered I'm going to use it for something. Maybe now I'll reduce my stash of driftwood. It's going to take a lot of clay basket making to do so. Oh I also have a small stash of seashells and a few beach rocks. Ha. Up next is a trip to the highest point in Georgia and a trip to see some Native American petroglyphs. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.