Claire Kinsella uses locally foraged willow along with her own grown crops to create her utterly wonderful baskets. Traditional in every way yet there seems to prevail a modern look to her work. Curved edges meet straight lines, the rustic material is weaved into contemporary forms. Claire has a skill that comes naturally to her, from the basketry process itself right through to her keen eye for spotting hedgerow gems to incorporate into each piece.
This Cranmoor Basket is one of the most dramatic of Claire's recent work. Its quite amazing that the Hazel Handle is totally natural, yet it almost appears like Claire sculpted it purposefully for this piece. The twisting and turning of the handle is subtly contrasted by the steady formality of the equally spaced beads running through the centre. The two willow colours used in this basket work wonderfully well together. We adore this one!
(H)36 x (W)41cm