Holy Wok

Last week I went to a couple of the thrift stores in town, looking for kitchen tools that I could use to make patterns in my art. I was hoping for a squiggly potato masher, which I didn’t find, but I did comes across some other interesting things.

I don’t even know what this is. Is it some kind of colander? But then why the long handle and the nonstick finish? Somehow used for deep fat frying? I don’t know, but the holes in it are fun.

Kitchen Tools for Art

You can paint the bottom of it and get this type of design:

Kitchen Tools for Art

Or you can push paint through the holes from the top and get this:

Kitchen Tools for Art

It’s probably more useful for art than whatever it was originally intended to be! Which might be why it was in the thrift store.



  1. it’s a wok for the grill, so you can stir fry vegetables with an open flame. Great idea to use it for painting.

  2. It is for deep fat frying, but you could put colorful glass beads in the holes and put a light inside and hang it by the handle, so the lights shine thru the colored glass beads.

  3. I love the idea of the deep fryer utensil for making the forms on paintings but even better taking it apart and making it into a light fixture like Jane mentioned. I have one of the old potato mashers so I think I will give it a try and post it in my blog. Thank you Cassandra

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