But until last week, when her mom was in my coiling class at the Willow Gathering in Decorah, I never saw how much alike their hands are. The way they hold and control their materials, their gestures -- beautiful!
Coilers are such a delightful group. It's a slow, deliberate process. It takes time for things to build and then Shazaam -- something wonderful happens.
Quixote Coiling is my name for a class that uses whole-rod willow as the core element in vessels made with the basketmaker's buttonhole stitch. There's a knot on each stitch, which makes this an incredibly secure structure, great for sculptural work. And students learned a cool crown knot they used to start the base and as a surface embellishment.
Their hands were definitely tired at the end of the class. Willow is lively material. But it's so worth the effort.