James Mosier & Wendy Benard

Mosier & Benard Metal Weavings
Ballston Lake, NY

We have been professional craftspeople since 1981 when we began weaving baskets.  Initially the baskets were of traditional shapes using only natural materials.  In time, the baskets evolved into more contemporary shapes using nontraditional materials.  In 1992, we started using aluminum in our basketry and also began to weave some wall sculptures.  Now all of our vessels and wall sculptures are woven with aluminum over wooden frames.  We use sheets of aluminum which are painted with acrylics.  The sheets are then cut into thin strips on a bench shear.  The framework of each piece is constructed of wooden rings and arches with wooden dowels for the “ribs.”  The strips of aluminum are then woven over the forms.

We have exhibited in many major arts festivals around the country.  In addition, we have been commissioned to weave large-scale pieces for both residential and corporate clients.

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