This one-of-a-kind paper mache basket is made by artist Christine Orr. They are made with a wire understructure, then coated with paper mache prior to receiving their final pigmented acrylic coloring. Alma’s prefers to use this as a sculptural statement rather than a functional basket.
Orr is an interdisciplinary artist based in Richmond, Virginia. Working in clay, weaving, basketry, paper-making and poetry, her practice critically navigates how humans have co-evolved with objects. Orr investigates material culture’s role in our understanding of domestic and utilitarian items.
This research connects objects and what they are made from as well as their metaphorical and symbolic potential. Orr received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015. She completed her Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft/Material Studies Department in 2021.
Every handmade piece at Alma’s is a story of its craft.