Clay Burnette

Basket as Vessel

Clay Burnette Just Around the CurvesJust Around the Curves, 2008
Dyed and painted longleaf pine needles, waxed linen thread: 10″ x 13″ x 17″
Lent by the artist

For over three decades, Clay Burnette has explored the aesthetic possibilities of coiled basketry. He uses locally gathered long-leaf pine needles in their natural form or dyes and paints them before weaving them into a coil that is stitched together with waxed linen thread, copper or brass wire, or telephone wire coated with beeswax and paraffin and signed with the artist’s initials. His work has been exhibited in over 230 events at the Smithsonian Craft Show; Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art (SOFA) New York; SOFA Chicago; the Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Charlotte Craft Shows.

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Lunch Basket

Cultural Origins

c. 1970
Sea grass, pine straw, palmetto (RRR.35)
Lent by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University
15″ x 12″ x 12.15″