Dale Chihuly has often called Baskets the most innovative work he’s done. Experimenting with the use of fire, gravity and centrifugal force, Chihuly found new ways to create asymmetrical vessels with thin, undulating walls. He often groups them in sets, with several small pieces nested within larger, wide-mouthed forms.
Chihuly has long been fascinated by the natural beauty of Native American arts, particularly weaving and basketry. These traditional artforms have had a profound influence on Chihuly’s work throughout his career, particularly his Baskets and Cylinders.