Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Willow sculpture on a small scale with Mary Butcher

Ref: S3D07868

Suitable for all



Learn how to make non-traditional forms with willow and other natural materials. Develop your skills and originality through practical exercises and discussions, using versatile traditional techniques. After sampling techniques, you will design and make an individual project with guidance.


Mary Butcher

Mary Butcher is a basketmaker, exhibition curator, writer and teacher. She held a prestigious crafts residency at the V&A's Sackler Centre in 2009. Recent exhibitions include 'This Beloved Earth', The Barony, West Kilbride, Scotland, 'Basketry Making Human Nature' at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich 2012, Re-Making the Past from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and tour, 2014 (a study in Bronze Age Creativity) and 'Dimensions' in Denmark, 2016. She received an MBE for services to basketmaking in 2012 and one of two Crafts Skills Champions Awards in 2013.


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