Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Willow basketry – using scalloms with Mary Butcher

Ref: SLW08319




Master the technique to cut and prepare willow rods to make scalloms, a long 'tongue' cut into each willow rod to attach to a hoop or basket base in an efficient, elegant way. Make at least one item: a platter; a small shopper or an appropriate object of your choice.


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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