I originally started this piece back[and two others] in March and documented the process on Instagram[man, I love that app]. Not much explanation is needed here just follow the photos and captions beneath each image to the finished product:
‘It may not looks like much, but this is how I lay out the armature for a new vessel. It’s gonna be a beast.’
‘Some beads already strung. Down to business.’
‘The all too real tangled mess that inevitably occurs at the beginning of each new vessel. Total nightmare. So this looks finished right?’
‘4 hours and 2 solo dance parties into the weaving process.’
‘Inside the belly of the beast.’
‘How far 1/2 a kilo of see beads will get you. And the Blue Lace Agate stones that will be added to the piece soon.’
‘Finally nearing completion on this particular piece.’
The piece measures 15″ x 10.5″ x 9″ and I completed it to submit it to a contemporary basketry show in Tennessee at the Arrowmont School of Craft. The jury has not assembled yet to determine which pieces to accept so I do not know yet whether it will be accepted in the group show, but I hope that it will!
Experimenting with new ideas. Where it will lead? Nobody knows!
And in this corner…weighing in at an impressive 4.8 lbs.[I swear it feels MUCH heavier] with a record of 5 wins by knockout via needle nose pliers gouging my hands and a near miss to my face…wearing all the glorious colors of the rainbow…from the York, PA studio of moi…I give you BALL BOWL 2.0! [two point ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!]
51 spheres total for those curious.
It’s finally taking shape. Just a little bit more to go.
Slowly but surely it’s growing…
The nature of the process of attaching each of the spheres to one another in order to create the final product seems to me like it would be strikingly similar to operating the da Vinci surgical robot. I think I may have missed my calling and possibly a really clutch nickname…”smooth operator”.
Back to work!
Oh my gosh you guysssss! Stop, stop this is just too much! A round of applause might be over the top. Wait, who am I kidding…I just fist pumped the air five seconds ago. Bring on the gratuitous applause! The base layer is complete!
Awwww yeahhh! On to the next one…
Since I sold the first ball bowl I made last March:
people have been interested in seeing me make another. The process of making the individual sphere parts has been ongoing for quite some time now[see eye candy], but the construction of the larger whole is underway. To say this is tedious would be the understatement of the century.
Do your hands get sore just thinking about the time spent making all these parts? Mine do, but the pain is tempered by the beauty.