I first learned to make baskets at a one day workshop in about 1981 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The egg basket I made hooked me on the craft. Over the next several years I taught myself to make more kinds of baskets from books. I shared my experiences in private classes, until I moved to NH in 1983.
In Bedford, NH I began basketry as my primary craft taught and began to sell my work whenever I could. The Bedford Craftworkers Guild also sponsored some of my classes. During this time I also began teaching baskets to children at Interlocken at Windsor Mountain summer camp in Hillsboro, NH.
Although I have worked with many styles of baskets, I still prefer rib construction because of the flexibility of the medium and with the variety of materials which lend themselves to incorporation into the structure. It is always a challenge to begin with a basic outline of a piece of work and to watch it evolve into the final product. I am always amazed at what turns out.
Until 2000, I was unaware of all the basket weavers and guilds that existed around me. Then I found Rivercane Weavers and Lynn Anne Trask in Merrimack, NH. I spent the first couple of years with her learning lots of new techniques, finding out about tools that were available to basket makers, and about all the basket makers that were around in the New England area. I continued learning more about baskets from Ruth Boland in her studio in Nashua. I joined the Northeast Basketweavers Guild, and went to the Stowe Basketry Festival. It was so inspiring to see the variety of baskets being produced. I was juried into the League of NH Craftsmen in 2004 and continue to be active in the annual Craftsmen’s Fair at Sunapee Resort in NH each year. I am also a member of the National Basketry Organization and the Nothh Carolina Basketmakers Association.
I still take workshops with other basket makers as often as I can to expand my techniques. I primarily design using my first love which is rib basketry, so I can experiment with different forms, using the additional knowledge I have absorbed over the past few years. I am excited to be teaching rib baskets again and sharing my enthusiasm for this technique that allows so much freedom of expression with materials and shape. I currently live in South Carolina where the Sweet Baskets grow.