Jerry Maxey

Jerry Maxey
Jerry Maxey

My work is wicker-weave basketry of dyed rattan and sea grass cord, with lathe-turned wood bases and rims.  The wood is all found wood, often trees that have fallen in storms.  Once I have turned the wooden elements, I leave them indoors for at least three weeks to cure and stabilize.  I attach rattan spokes to the wood and construct the basket, weaving in the colors and patterns as I go.  When completed, the entire piece is finished with tung oil to bring out the colors and produce a slight aged patina to the work.

Since childhood, I have worked with wood in various ways, building things and refinishing furniture at my father’s upholstery shop.  In my early thirties I found myself living in a small apartment in a new city where, for the first time, I had no access to a workshop.  Desperate for something to make, a weaver friend of mine gave me a couple of little books with basket patterns in them.  Only a few hand tools were required and no workshop was needed.  I made a couple of baskets, and I became obsessed.  When I again got access to a wood shop, I began to make baskets with wooden bases, then later with wooden rims and rings.

I do not draw or write down the patterns in advance, but have a clear picture in my mind of how each piece might turn out.  Sometimes, I will repeat a particular pattern or construction, but no two works are ever quite alike.

Jerry Maxey
864.884.6156
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