Baskets by Kay Miller

Basketmaker Kay Miller found her calling at the airport. “On display in the Orlando Airport was a bowl made from the beautiful long leaf pine needle,” she says. “Upon researching this artwork, I discovered it was used in daily lives of the ancient Florida Indians. During the Civil War, all fabric made was used to make uniforms for the soldiers; therefore, Southerners resorted to making such items as hats out of this product of nature.” To find the material to make her baskets, Miller does what Southerners have done for centuries, picking up the needles that have fallen underneath the long leaf pine tree. Each piece is unique, with the design made up as she goes, thus reviving a long-lost art.


Gallery 104 - Arts Association of Oldham County
104 E. Main St., La Grange,

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Baskets by Kay Miller

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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