Ken Carlson | Porcupine Basket
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Look in the World Book Encyclopedia under "Braiding" and you'll see an example of Ken Carlson's unusual work. He's also been featured in the Washington Post and Connoisseur Magazine. Carlson's baskets are in the permanent collection of the American Craft Museum in New York City, the collection of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, as well as various corporate collections.
Using copper as a material for baskets has enabled me to indulge my fascination for plaiting in a new and challenging way. The ductile yet structural nature of copper has led me to explore its potential for form by using the techniques of braiding and basketry. Copper's natural ability to take on patinas has allowed me to enhance the surface of the plaited form with color and texture.
Where do you get the ideas for your work?
Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
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What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?
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