Kanthal Wire-handled Basket

Kristen_Kieffer_Wire_BasketThis is a lil’ Wire Basket (7″h x 4″w x 3″d) I made over three years ago.  I enjoyed making it, and have continued to like it, but just this week decided to make more.  My ideas are frequently ahead of my fingers.  I have described my process —including idea- development— as being glacial at times.  (This piece seems to exemplify the point.)  My sketchbooks contain more ideas than I will probably ever make.  I’m not quite sure what makes the time seem right to pursue certain ideas, but this one’s has arrived!

I have used Kanthal wire on certain forms for years as a way to “draw” in space with another material.  (Check out the Wire Flowerbrick on my Gallery page, and a brief explanation of Kanthal wire on my Process page.)  More to come!

4 thoughts on “Kanthal Wire-handled Basket

  1. I’m always amazed that the clay doesn’t crack when fired with wire in it.Does the wire have the same amount of thermal expansion? Also I noticed that the area where the wire is inserted in your piece causes the glaze to be lighter. What causes that? Just being my usual curious self.

    • I have no idea what the expansion (if any) is for high-temp wire. Sometimes being “unencumbered by the thought process” (as the Car Talk guys would say) is a freeing thing. Grossly comparable to a needle under your own skin, inserting a heavier gauge wire into a 1/4″ clay wall will cause the wall to change shape, thus the glaze break. :)

  2. Hi Kristen, what a great basket, will be checking your other pages on Kanthal wire. Drawing in space – I like that description. I will have to give that some thought. My sketch book is overfull, I don’t think I will ever get to all that’s in there and yet I continue to add more to it. At times I flip through it and a piece somethow tells me it wants to be made. Thanks.

  3. Hello Kristen, what gauge or size Kanthal wire do you suggest a beginner to use? As I have told you many times, your work is absolutely terrific and I am looking forward to purchasing your DVD. Thanks so much for sharing so much and inspiring beginners like me.

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