Where is your studio?
It’s in New Hampshire, across the street from my house. If you write to me and ask nicely, maybe I’ll tell you the address and you can come over for a picnic or a labyrinth walk. Due to the pandemic, I’m not encouraging inside visitors at the moment.
What is your favorite hardware store?
The one that has what I’m looking for!
How long does it take to make one of those wire sculptures?
I try not to think about that too much. It’s at least 40 hours of physical work (but I’m sure some of them have taken twice as long as that), and usually many months of mental preparation.
How do you get the wire frame off the form?
I cut it up both sides, from hip to armpit, and then sew it back together with wire.
Would you like to teach a class on how to make metal baskets?
No, thanks. But I will point you at a book written by Ellen Wieske, who taught me. The book is out-of-print, but still available and not expensive. If you ever have a chance to take a class that Ellen is teaching, you should do it! She’s delightful, and her love of metal is infectious.
How much time do you spend in your studio?
It depends a lot on the weather, and on what else is happening in my life. Sometimes I’m there almost every day for weeks on end. Other times (especially in the summer, when the studio is hot and the gardens need attention) I’m not there very much at all.
Maybe what you’re really asking is, “Do you have another job?” The answer is no.
How much does that sculpture cost?
It’s not for sale.
Do you show your work anywhere?
Rarely. Since it’s not for sale, galleries generally wouldn’t be interested in it. Also, I prefer not to show the figures one at a time or with work that I can’t be convinced is somehow related to them. All of that makes it unlikely (but not totally impossible) that I’ll be showing them outside the studio anytime soon. Maybe it will never happen. That’s okay with me.
Why are all of the (Basket Case) figures female?
Because that’s the kind of body I live in.