This time next week I’ll be in County Galway staying with Joe Hogan, master basketmaker and artist. I’ve admired Joe’s work for years and am thrilled to be able to learn from him. This visit has been made possible by the generous HCA* and NADFAS** bursary, the first part of which went towards learning traditional work with Adrian Charlton. With Joe however, I’m hoping to explore techniques used in more contemporary, sculptural work (such as his pods, one pictured above).
(*The Heritage Craft Association and ** The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies)
A selection of images from the last two weeks spent studying under the watchful eye of the master craftsman and brilliant teacher, Adrian Charlton. I learnt SO much, and still have so, so far to go. My passion for the craft has been reignited and I intend to harness this motivation and continue the good work in my workshop back home. Thank you so much Adrian, I feel honoured to have been taught such important traditional skills by you, and indebted to NADFAS and the HCA, (and Fran and Annie!), whose funding has been invaluable. Many thanks also due to Ruth for making me feel so at home, and Mum and Dad for collecting all 11 baskets!
Fantastic news! I’m thrilled to be partially funded by NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) and the HCA (Heritage Crafts Association), who have kindly agreed to support my developing career as a craftsperson, as part of their brilliant work and objectives supporting the arts and heritage crafts. I will be using the funding to pay for 1:1 tuition with expert basketmakers Adrian Charlton and Joe Hogan, who between them have a combined experience of nearly 70 years, and both make stunning work which I have long admired. So exciting! Thank you NADFAS and HCA, I am so grateful for this contribution and proud to be representing your organisations which are doing such good work ensuring artists and craftspeople develop and thrive.
Many thanks also to Mary Butcher and Eddie Glew for supporting me during the application process.
The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the preservation of artistic and cultural heritage. NADFAS is a UK based charity and supports a network of over 360 local Societies across the country. In addition, a number of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies in mainland Europe, and Australasia are also supported. NADFAS Societies bring together groups of like-minded individuals through regular meetings, study days, visits, tours and a number of volunteering activities including Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and our Young Arts programmes. NADFAS also supports the decorative and fine arts through a grant giving programme. Find out more atwww.nadfas.org.uk