I admit it. I spend quite a bit of time at charity shops. You never know what you might find that will inspire a creative project, and although I would say that ceramics is my main focus, I like to mix it up with more whimsical ideas that often have a theme of re-use.

I’ve been noticing a lot of bread baskets for sale over the last month or so, and I started to wonder whether they could be put to any use. I grabbed a few – at $2 for 5 it seemed like I had very little to lose – and began to play around.

I should mention here that the other thing I regularly come back to is the spherical shape, in fact making 3D shapes in general is common for me too. It seemed to me as I held the mostly flat, woven circle of basketry in my hands that it would be a great starting point for a garden sculpture sphere.


This first one is based on 2 pentagons joined together and is hanging in a Cherry tree, Prunus ‘Shimidsu Sakura’ with pink spray-paint inside to match the blossom when it emerges in spring.

A second large one, is hanging from a large Melia azedarach, though the yellow inside is meant to glow in the afternoon sun rather than match any flowers. I’m planning on trying out an even larger sphere, in orange, though the logistics of its construction may put a spanner in the works…..

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