Still very much in the same mode now (Jan ’19), as I was pictured here last summer- i.e. fitting in making around ‘the baby’, which amounts to a few hours each week if I’m lucky. However I’m still happy to discuss any commission ideas with you, so do get in touch. I like to have extra motivation to get back in the workshop! If I can’t complete a commission, I have a host of other basketmaker contacts to pass the project on to.
I’m happy to have had the incentive to make a batch of wet-linen baskets this month based on an original ‘recipe’ passed on to me by Adrian Charlton, one of my basketry heroes who trained in Norfolk from the late Terry Bensley. It’s great to be keeping the tradition alive. Here they are, far from perfect but so good to be practicing, especially those cranked-willow handles which I love:
I’m on Maternity Leave from September 2017- July 2018, but you can catch me (plus new creature in above ‘vessel’ if s/he still fits in it!) at the Great Dixter Winter Fair (25th-26th November), where I’ll be selling work and running a couple of children’s mini-workshops. Check out the ‘workshops’ page for details.
Otherwise see you next summer!
I’ll be there, with a selection of my latest work… should be a lovely couple of days with lots of vintage and hand-made treasures for your house and garden, all in a stunning setting.
Hope to see you at the Great Dixter Christmas Fair this weekend. Should be a great atmosphere and lots of quality products from local makers. Spread the word!
mmm… tasty !
One more basket to make before they’re all off to market on Sunday.
I’ll be selling some of my new stock at these Festive Markets, along with lots of other other local craft and produce:
Saturday 5th December, 10am-4pm
Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, TN32 5BN
Saturday 12th December, 11am-4pm
King John’s Nursery, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, TN19 7AZ
Prices from £10 – £100
Come along and say hello, no obligation to buy!
Do pass onto any friends who may be interested.
I look forward to seeing you there.