My primary interest in basket making is the rib style basket. I have been making them since the early 1980’s and teaching and selling them as well since that time.
My baskets incorporate several different materials such as sea grass, cane, jute fiber and both flat and round reed. Sometimes I use colored reed mixed in with the natural ones. I like to use grapevine and honeysuckle for the handles, allowing the natural bends and curves to dictate the final basket. Recently I have begun to create rib baskets using other natural materials for the foundation of the basket. Some of my baskets are in more traditional styles – egg baskets, hen baskets and potato baskets. Others are more contemporary and sometimes sculptural depending on the natural products used to form the base of the basket. Often the final basket evolves as I am working and does not begin with a preconceived idea.