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Small Raspberry Basket with lots of curls


Here is a wonderful small raspberry basket - with great curls, green hull on the lid and a handle of tightly braided & tightly wrapped/twisted tidal sweetgrass making a unique handle.

Sue has been making baskets on and off for several years with her talented sisters, Pam Thompson Cunningham and Kimberly Thompson Bryant. Pam and Kim are well known, highly regarded Penobscot basketmakers who along with Kim's daughter Ganessa make up one of Maine's most respected families of Penobscot basketmakers. The Thompson sisters' great-grandmother was also a basketmaker (see her photo w/baskets - last photo in slideshow)

This raspberry has several rows of "curlicue" curls and the green hull combined with the curly vines are similar to those used by Sue's sisters, Pam and Kim - but .... the curled sweetgrass braid handle is all her own! This raspberry is 2.25" to the lid's rim, the handle is another .75", making this 3" high overall. The widest diameter is 2", the opening is 1.25", bottom diameter is .75".

Sue told me that she is using a new type of dye, not the more commonly used aniline dye. She is using professional grade paint which is permanent, non-toxic and UV resistant (aniline dyes fade in light!) ... Sue says she loves painting and drawing - so has enjoyed experimenting with paints for baskets.

Made of brown ash, the traditional material of Maine and Eastern Canadian Wabanaki basketmakers, this has plain tidal sweetgrass wrapping the rim of the basket and the lid. As mentioned the handle is tightly braided tidal sweetgrass and plain tidal sweetgrass is used as weavers on the top of lid and to bind "green ash splint hull" to lid. Sue's handwritten card, shown in slideshow photos will come with the basket. The basket is signed, "Sue Thompson, Penobscot Nation, Maine" .... dated "2017" with her maker's mark as well. Signed on rim and basket lid both.

It has been several years since I have been able to offer similar baskets by Pam or Kim - they have not made many baskets in recent years. That makes this little raspberry a welcome addition to my "shop" - It is a familiar form by an artist relatively new to serious basketmaking. Sue has many other baskets. I am fortunate to add a pinecone basket, a strawberry, a blueberry and more by Sue. She has the family's basketry talent, some fresh twists on the familiar forms and hopefully there will be many more of her baskets here...

Last photo is a pic of Pam's great-grandmother, ssipsis, selling her baskets about 1920. To make some of her basket forms Pam uses some of her ssipsis's basket making tools - gauges, crooked knives and wooden molds. Be sure to view some of Pam's other baskets in this ebay store - you might find pumpkins, corn, holiday tree baskets or prayer baskets.

raspberry basket
raspberrybasket open
raspberry basket - sipsis pic
Weight: 8 oz