This larger vintage drum basket (round w/straight sides) is so lovely. It is Passamaquoddy and has a beautiful design of wide alternating weaver splints (lovely rose color alternating with natural ash color now turned golden). Over these wide splints are woven sweetgrass braids in an overlaid X pattern. These sweetgrass braids are tightly and finely braided.
My friend Clara Keezer, honored Passamaquoddy basketmaker, passed away August 2nd, 2016 at the age of 86. Clara Keezer was humble, kind, generous and very hardworking. I miss her as does her family and community.
Beautifully Beaded Dragonfly Necklace by Gal Frey, Passamaquoddy
My friend Clara Keezer passed away in 2016. I loved visiting her, buying her work, sharing a good laugh. I am parting with a few more of her baskets that I purchased from her over the years. There are many I can't bear to part with. (and I have purchased a few of her works from the 1990's from a down-sizing collector)
This basket shows Clara's love of bright and strong color.
Unripe blackberry basket - like ripening fruit, this piece has areas of deep purple, lighter purple and light green, shading even lighter! This piece by Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy basketmaker is similar to a larger piece that won a second place in basketry at The Heard Museum Guild's Indian Market in March, 2017. See photo of the piece and his ribbons.
Some of Clara's very distinctive signature spiral twist designs are done with one dyed ash splint, natural ash splint, and sweetgrass braiding. This is a design that Clara has made all her own. Others of Clara's spiral twist baskets have 3 colors or colors and a third "twist weaver" made of tightly braided tidal sweetgrass.
Clara Keezer's very distinctive signature spiral twist design done here with three dyed ash splints, -red, yellow, and green. The spiral twist with color is a design that Clara has made all her own.
A very rare late 1800's basketry doll cradle. The fancy "bow ribbon" curl at the top of the cradle bonnet as well as the other types of ash curls and the X rim wrap over the top sides of the cradle indicate that this was Passamaquoddy made.
Sadly Clara Keezer passed away on August 2nd, 2016 at the age of 86 . She was born August 3rd, 1930.
Great snowman basket by Clara Neptune Keezer. Clara or her sister Theresa Neptune (d/2007) made the first snowman basket. Clara still makes snowman baskets, but very rarely. I believe this is the last snowman basket Clara made.
Traditional style porcupine on birch bark box/basket by Martin Dana, Passamaquoddy