A new client came to me last fall with a request to create a special, sculptural hearth basket for her all-seasons room fireplace. They built a beautiful home nestled in the mountains of the upstate - Landrum, SC - at The Cliffs at Glassy Mountain and the home just exudes mountain elegance.
Situated among the rhododendron and flowing mountain creeks their home was the perfect setting for one of my sculptural baskets. Even more exciting was the fact that I was able to create the piece in a way that was upon first glance sculptural art but upon closer inspection, a functional hearth basket.
I delivered the piece today and enjoyed seeing it in it's forever home, accompanied by a hand-carved stone bear from Yellowstone. It looked right at home!
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.