Guardino Gallery Show “Melting Pot – Vessels for Unity’ July 27 – August 29, 2023

Melting Pot – Vessels for Unity is a blending of both materials and techniques. These baskets and vessels hold dear all that intertwines the values and truths of an equitable society.  They combine my love of glass and fiber to highlight the richness of diversity as represented by culture and regions of the world.  The commonality of our shared endeavors binds us into an ever-greater melting pot.

Guardino Gallery in Portland, Oregon will feature 30 works of art by Candace Pratt from July 27 – August 29, 2023.  Her artist talk will be August 12th at 2:00.

Native Grasses

In Harmony with Fire

NATIVE GRASSES  –  In Harmony with Fire

Fire as Medicine.  Stewardship. Cultural Burning.  Indigenous people across the globe learned to manage and live in harmony with fire over thousands of years.

From my roots in the Midwest, I try to envision the bountiful grasslands and forests that flourished a mere century ago.  As a contemporary basket weaver, I reflect on the universality of baskets made with local grasses.  By utilizing the most common of nature’s gifts, a weaver transforms it into a functional tool aiding daily life.

In Harmony with Fire is an adaptation of the traditional coiled grass baskets.  To represent the grass, I have chosen tiny glass threads, called stringer, which are bundled and shaped in a kiln-forming technique.  Waxed linen is used to twine the grass-like bundles of glass together.

I often muse comparing my eclectic basketry with my diverse heritage of German/Shawnee and English/French.  How rich we are when we meld and blend for the betterment of all!  We can shape a new path where respect for the land and for each other is one and the same.

This first ‘Native Grasses’ sculptural flame-vessel illuminates the historical significance of indigenous practices worldwide.  These sacred cultural burnings were beneficial to the land and to the health of the population. It is the story of the annual spring growth of the emerald-green grass, the summer drying, and the ceremonial burning allowing the cycle to repeat anew.

In Harmony with Fire (detail)
NATIVE GRASSES – In Harmony with Fire



Art in the Time of Corona™

Art in the Time of Corona

My mixed media basket titled ‘All Are Welcome’ was selected in December, 2021 as part of the 3-year exhibition and publication.

Please take a look!:

Image of ‘All Are Welcome’ Basket on

Image of ‘All Are Welcome’ Basket on  (Fourth image in December, 2021)

Home page of Art In The Time Of Corona™ Art Project

“The Dab Art Co. has launched an exclusive and unprecedented art project called ART IN THE TIME OF CORONA™. This comprehensive project includes an ongoing online exhibition, a full color publication of all selected works (published yearly), a multi-gallery international exhibition and a documentary film on the first year of the project (the film will be screened in Los Angeles).

The goal of this innovative project is to record and exhibit (in real time) defining artwork created during civil uncertainty.  (Yessíca Torres’) hope is to unite viewers and help them find the sanctity, comfort and inspiration needed to heal a world in turmoil.  We are hopeful as a company and as members of our respective communities, that when current mandates and quarantines are lifted, our resilience as artists will be the foundation for social unity.’