Sculptural Wire Weaving

This class will cover several different wire basketry techniques that can be used for everything from representational sculpture to functional baskets. Students will learn how to adapt the techniques they learn to suit the forms they want to make, and how to incorporate other materials into their wire work. We will cover a variety of sculptural applications, as well as basic principles of composition as they apply to 3D objects. Each class will include demos, one-on-one check-ins with the instructor, and time for individual work.

Some of the wire we’ll be working with can stain your clothes so please wear studio clothes!

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • Three-part wire weaving for simple and complex 3D forms

  • Two-part weaving with single and double walls

  • Incorporating other materials, composition with multi-media

Required supplies:

  • Heavy-duty needle-nosed pliers

  • Wire cutters (if your pliers have them at the base you can use that)

  • One 3.5 lb roll of rebar tie wire (16 or 16.5 gauge)

  • Three 30-yard spools of 26-gauge copper wire in your favorite colors

  • Midway through the term and depending on the size of your work, you may need more 26-gauge copper wire and more rebar tie wire. If you work small you won’t.

  • For the last class you’ll need any interesting yarn/fabric scraps/beads/paper you want to incorporate into your wire work.