Evolution of a Sculptural Vessel

As I move thru the various stages of making a basket or sculptural vessel my feelings about the project vary greatly from day to day.  I thought it might be interesting, especially for newbies, to follow along “inside my head” as this vessel progresses.   I’ve been working on this project for several days already but I think I can back up and share the thoughts I had as the basket got to its present stage.

Center start

Center start

During my first sitting, I got 3 1/2 revolutions of coils done.  Starting a new vessel is always exciting and I was particularly pleased with the colors.  Since I didn’t have a finished project in mind, I wasn’t sure about how many capped end segments to initiate in these first coils.  I decided on three and figured I’d just see where that took me.  I didn’t pay attention to the time involved, but I guess this is a couple of hours or slightly less.

The second sitting added three more coils along with the protruding tails at one end.

Second sitting

Second sitting

So…now…I’m not quite as thrilled with this. I really don’t care much for how the tails are shaping up.  I need to place some additional capped ends on the tails and more decisions arise as to where they should initiate. Well, let’s just plunk them down in the middle of the tails and hope for the best.  I’m still not crazy about the shape it is taking, but I still have no vision of where I will go with it. I’m about 5-6 hours invested so,  I just keep coiling, adding needles and placing the caps along the lines I initially started.  I’m hoping beyond all hope that I’m going to like this one….at least a little bit….because I’m too far in to quit now.  Or….maybe I should end it now and make it a weird wall hanging!!! Well, let’s put it down for now and come back another day.

Day 3

Day 3

I seem to be stuck on adding three coils at a time.  The third sitting takes me to nine coils and another 4 hours or so invested.  I’m getting lukewarm about this as some shape begins to emerge.  But I’m still not happy about those tails.  And I still don’t have a vision of the final product.

The next sitting on the fourth day, was not very productive.  Only spent a hour or so and finished a little over one more coil.  Not a lot of progress visible from the day before, so I’m still very much lukewarm about how it’s shaping up.  I’m really starting to get discouraged about the whole project.  I’ve got upwards of 10 hours invested, maybe more, and I’m definitely NOT loving it.  Ten hours is a lot of time to do something and not be totally thrilled with what you see. But persistence is all I have, so I keep going.

Day 4

Day 4

Today is Day 5 and I worked on this for about another 4 hours…..closing in on 15 total hours or more now.  There are a total of 13 1/2 revolutions.  I wish that more of the natural green needles would show but the placement of the capped ends are too close together.  Maybe as I go higher up….if there’s room….the green will show up more.

The tails are becoming harder and harder to navigate.  The twists and turns are getting very tight.  Do I keep trying to navigate them or do I figure out something else to do to smooth out the tight twists?  The sides are

Day 5

Day 5

beginning to curve upward, so I guess this will become an oblong boat-like vessel.  But I still need to figure out those twists.  Maybe a window with the fagot stitch.  Or a window with some sort of cool bead or stone.  Let’s go plunder through the bead boxes and see what emerges.  Well, maybe not tonight….maybe I’ll do that tomorrow.   Maybe tomorrow I’ll also wake up and really like this one a lot more.  I must keep telling myself…..it’s the journey!

 

 

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