Perfect for spring flowers, Easter eggs, or any other place you would use a basket, this pottery basket is less likely than traditional baskets to mold, mildew, or shed plant material. It is also a fun project to do with children, as beginner's project, or as a break from more traditional coil-built pots.
This pottery basket is made by weaving clay coils, much as traditional reed baskets are made. For this project you will need
- About five pounds of soft (but not sticky) clay. In our example, I used a red earthenware with 5% grog added. Grogged clay bodies are good for large baskets, but not necessary for smaller ones.
- A hump mold, which could be nothing more than a bowl turned upside down, and something for it to stand on, such as a tall box.
- A surface to roll coils on. This could be a plaster bat, a piece of canvas, or a cement work surface. If the clay is not too soft, you might also be able to use a very smooth table top.
- Optional: A turntable such as a banding wheel or lazy susan.
- Optional: A wooden modeling tool.
- Optional: Glaze. You can leave the basket unglazed for a more natural appearance and feel, or you can glaze it. Remember that the glaze should match the clay body's maturation. For our example, a clear transparent glaze was used.