'Alice's Kitchen Basket' is a woven rush bowl designed with chef Alice Waters as part of her ongoing collaboration with Permanent Collection. This wide, shallow basket is handmade by Clair Murphy in Wales, using rush harvested from along the River Isle in Somerset, England. Murphy gathers the rush herself, wading into the water, and partially dries the stalks in the sun before weaving them into baskets.
This generously-sized, lightweight basket is modeled after a favorite woven basket that sits at the end of Alice's butcher block where it is used to keep onions, shallots, and garlic. It makes an equally functional harvest basket for gathering herbs and lettuce from the garden. Rush is exceptionally adaptable and strong, and can be plaited, woven into cord, become a dense fabric, or an airy construction. A bright green when newly-harvested, it will burnish over time, turning a lovely caramel color.
As with all of the pieces in Alice’s Kitchen Collection, 5% of proceeds go toward supporting her foundation, The Edible Schoolyard Project, whose mission is to build and share a national edible education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school.
Handwoven rush grass bowl.
Made from rush wild harvested along the River Isle in Somerset, UK.Produced exclusively for Permanent Collection by Clair Murphy.