My recent series of woven vessels mark a departure from the largely utilitarian work that I have done as a basket maker for nearly twenty five years. The unique process by which black ash trees are transformed into weaving material has informed and inspired my work from the start. Used for thousands of years by basket makers, the trees are cut into logs then pounded loosening their annual layers which are then peeled from the tree. Essentially, the tree is taken apart year by year and reconstructed in a man made form. Few experiences remain that provide the intimate and elemental relationship between the maker and his source of materials. The clear, straight growth layers found in the lower section of the tree are the best choice for symmetrical, functional containers. In forming the framework for my woven vessels, I've chosen the contoured, knotty layers of the tree. This material, which expresses the individual character and growth of the tree, determines to a degree, the ultimate form of the piece. Though structurally retaining the memory of function, the forms of the vessels are a vehicle for the expression of elemental simplicity.