LEE SIPE

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LEE  SIPE
Lee Sipe adds something from her Asian heritage to each basket she creates. Whether fiber, pine needle, copper or silver-plated wire, her designs are delicate and precise, combining beauty with function. Sipe’s wire baskets are made by twining copper wire between copper spokes or by random weaving. Melting a bead on the copper wire and then hammering it flat create the metal accents. These creations are always elegant.
Featured Piece
LEE  SIPE Vessel No.381

Vessel No.381
- Silver and copper wire spokes with forged tips
14 x 6-1/2 in
$ 4,900.00


LEE  SIPE Vessel No.381
Vessel No.381
Silver and copper wire spokes with forged tips  
14 x 6-1/2 in
$4,900
LEE  SIPE Vessel_ No. 323
Vessel No. 323
Hand dyed reeds,waxed linen, yarn, copper wire  
28 x 14 x 14 in
$1,500
LEE  SIPE Vessel_ No. 364
Vessel No. 364
Copper and silver plated wire  
5-1/2 x 13 x 13 in
$2,500
LEE  SIPE Vessel_ No. 365
Vessel No. 365
Copper wire  
3-1/2 x 8 x 8 in
$1,100
LEE  SIPE Vessel_ No. 325
Vessel No. 325
Copper wire  
6-3/4 x 5-1/2 in
$2,500
LEE  SIPE Vessel No.368
Vessel No. 368
Copper wire and spokes with forged tips  
13 x 6-1/4 in
$5,100
LEE  SIPE Vessel No. 375
Vessel No. 375
Pine needles, raffia & clay  
15 x 20 x 5 in
$3,300
LEE  SIPE Vessel No. 376
Vessel No. 376
Pine needles, raffia, clay & copper wire  
5 x 13 x 20 in
$2,900
LEE  SIPE Vessel No. 378
Vessel No. 378
Pine needles and rafia  
2-3/4 x 16-1/4 in
$2,300
LEE  SIPE Vessel_ No. 330
Vessel No. 330
Copper wire  
4-1/4 x 9-1/2 in
Sold
LEE  SIPE Vessel_ No. 331
Vessel No. 331
Copper wire  
2-1/2 x 5-3/4 x 6 in
$ 700
LEE  SIPE Vessel_ No. 360
Vessel, No. 360
Copper and silver plated wire  
2 x 6.5 x 6.5 in
Sold

LEE  SIPE

LEE SIPE

LEE SIPE Biography

Lee Sipe adds something from her Asian heritage to each basket and pot she creates. Her designs are delicate and precise, combining beauty with function.

She collects pine needles from her yard in South Carolina and selects and cleans each piece of straw, paying particular attention to the scent and texture. Preferring natural products, she uses traditional dyes found in nature to add color to the pine needles and raffia used in her work. On her baskets that combine pottery and needles, she uses the slab technique, altering by hand the shape of the clay. She changes the mixture of glazes and oxides in her finishes and occasionally adds agate and burl wood accents. Sipe’s wire baskets are made by twining copper wire between copper spokes or by random weaving. Melting a bead on the copper wire and then hammering it flat create the metal accents.

“My heritage helps me to appreciate the unusual beauty in the common, the simple and the ordinary as well as the beauty of form and detail. I use weaving, twining, hand building and coiling to transform pine needles, clay, reeds, copper wire and other materials into forms that capture my experiences. I value order, hard work, detail, the beauty and tranquility of nature, tradition, family and sharing with friends. I also place great value on innovation. I consistently strive to create works that incorporate these values and are totally new, fresh and unique.” — Lee Sipe

Sipe’s work is in numerous collections including the South Carolina State Museum and Huntsville Museum of Art (AL). She has exhibited extensively throughout the Eastern United States in venues such as the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum (SC) and Florence Museum (SC). Lee currently works from her studio in South Carolina.

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