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November 2016

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CONTINUED ON PAGE 42. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35 distance between each hole and the edges of the clay. Holes were spaced about ¾" apart. T he clay bases were set aside to dry and then bisque-fired. After the firing, students applied generous coats of dark colored glaze. Using a wet sponge, they removed excess glaze to reveal their decorative patterns. The resulting bases were refired and ready to be used in a basket. Basketry 101 Baskets can be made from a variety of fibrous or pliable materials—any- thing that will bend and form a shape. We found round reed to be the best choice; it is economical, readily avail- able, and easily purchased from art supply catalogs. In a round basket, the static verti- cal pieces are referred to as "spokes." "Weavers" are used to fill in the sides of a basket. Weaving with reed is one of the more popular techniques, as it is pliable and can be cut into any size or shape. When woven correctly, it is very sturdy. Students soaked the weavers in a dishpan of warm water. Setting up the Spokes Students cut the same number of spokes as the holes that had been made in their ceramic bases, each about 12" long. These were placed in warm water for ten minutes and dried with a towel to remove excess water. A spoke was placed in each hole on the base and pulled through so that there were 3–4" of spoke below the base and 8–9" above the base. Weaving the Footer 1. Looking at the bottom of your bas- ket and weaving clockwise, take any spoke above the spoke to the right (spoke A) and under the sec- ond spoke to the right (spoke B). 2. Taking spoke A, go above spoke B and then under the next spoke to the right (spoke C). Continue around the bottom until all of the spokes are locked into place. Weaving the Sides 1. Soak long lengths of reed in warm water for five minutes. 2. Place the tip behind a spoke and weave over and under the spokes. Keep weaving until the weaver runs out. To add a new piece, overlap the ends for 2" and keep weaving until you have reached your desired height. Remember to keep the weav - ers tight before adding another row . This will make for a stronger basket. Weaving the Rim 1. The basket is then turned upside down and dipped into warm water to soften the spokes sticking out from the weaving. 2. Starting anywhere and working to the right, take a spoke in front of two spokes (A and B). Insert this spoke down into the weaving next to spoke B. 3. Now take spoke A and insert down I'm certain students envisioned themselves weaving at the bottom of the school pool, wearing swimming goggles and flippers.

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