Weaving with Willow Barks: Plaited Bowls
Every natural basket begins with quality materials and the knowledge of curing, storage and process. Techniques with these elements become your tools for constructing a strong and beautiful expression of the unique material in your hands. In this design class, you will explore the language and properties of willow bark from harvest to finish and prepare Judy’s seasoned barks for a platter with sides. These eye-catching pieces are plaited to become a serving piece on the table, but also to serve artfully on the wall. Meditative rows of twining define the sides of your tray and the edge treatment using roots will be thoughtfully chosen for each piece. Many of the techniques we explore will transfer to other barks and natural materials-we will talk about those possibilities with slides and discussion while working our lovely bowls together.