I love it when clients connect with a piece of art that I've created. This happened recently at the American Craft Council's Atlanta show back in March. One of the first pieces I sold was a beautiful tabletop collection and the client was kind enough to allow me to keep it for the whole show in order to share it with other clients and take commissions from it. Lucky enough, I was commissioned to remake it 3 other times. This is the second commission based off of the original and I'm very happy with how it turned out. 8 kudzu and poplar bark baskets covered in encaustic wax and nested in mountain laurel. To accent, I added 5 hand-hammered copper fern and rhododendron
I've been in Australia for over two weeks now and one of my favorite fines has been all of these beautiful pods. These beautiful, organic creations have served as some of my primary inspiration for the last few years. It is such a treat to get to see them in person!
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.