Thank you for your votes!
Last year I was honoured and delighted to receive a
Silver Award in the category of Special Media from the
Craft & Design Magazine. I was very surprised as
I had not known that I was a candidate and had not
canvassed for votes from the public to bring this
about. Therefore, I thank you again but encourage you
to vote for someone else this year even though I am
again in the running!
Another big moment of 2015 was the broadcast in the
USA of the 50th episode of Morgan Freemans Through the
in which I am featured making models of
Celebrating the unique characteristics of home and place through Football clubs linked to craft trades.
Touring exhibition from Devon guild of Craftsmen.
Luton, February 5 - March 31, 2016
Crystal Palace, April 8 - May 31, 2016
Glenbuck Cherrypickers 5-aside
May 14 - August 27, 2016 - SBC Exhibition at Inchmore Gallery, Inverness
July 31 - September 11, 2016 - "Art on the Wing", Rozelle House Gallery, Ayr
January 6 - 28, 2017 - Solo Exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
February 7, 2016 - Willow Harvest and Propagation
10.30 AM - 2 PM
Museum of Scottish Country Life
Learn about willow propagation, help with the harvest of 20 different varieties of willow and take home cuttings to create your own willow bed.
Enquries : 0131 247 4369
An Introduction to Making Stake and Strand Baskets
The National Museum of Rural Life, Kittochside, East Kilbride
Day 1, Saturday February 20, 2016
On this day we will make a lot of round basket bases/bottoms. I have always found that making one base and finishing the basket in one day does not help all the new techniques to sink in. Working on the principle of repetition we will be able to help both the hands and the head to hold on to the new skills by having made several bases in one day. This is of course the way that apprentices would have learnt in the past and definetely the way to establish this most basic of skills (Forgive the pun!). You will be able to take material away to practise with at home.
We will make variety of sizes which will be put to use on:
Day 2, Sunday March 20, 2016
On this day we will stake up on one or more of the bases made on Day 1. This will again be a day of repetitions and establishing a skill level that will allow you to continue practicing at home. We will make 2 borders on each basket and you are likely to take home two or more finished baskets.
As well as being the follow-on from Day 1 above this day will also be suitable for students who are able to make bases on their own but wish to get a thorough introduction/revision of staking up, waling, randing and borders.
These courses are limited to 7 students in order to achieve and good teacher/student ratio.
Cost £90 incl. both days. All materials and hand-out included.
Enquiries and booking essential 0131 247 4369
March 5th - Abington Community Hall just off jnct 13 of the M74
I will be teaching how to make a small 'banana'/new moon shaped basket - an ideal and playful introduction to the craft.
This workshop will be hosted by the local 'Upperward' self help group of basketmakers.
Arrive for tea/coffee and cake at 1pm and then we make the basket finishing around 4pm. Cost £30.
Please book through me on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 11, 2016 - Willow Play Day
Pittenweem Art Festival
Church Hall James Street
10.00-12.30pm & 1.30-4.00
16+ £18 a session, limited to 8
An ideal opportunity to learn about willow and make one or two useful items to take home in this most friendly of materials.
Come for one session or two. We will make platters in the morning and banana baskets in the afternoon.
Booking essential: email@example.com
I very much enjoy passing on my basketry skills. Having taught large groups in the past I now prefer to teach individuals or small groups in my own workshop. This way the course can be tailored to suit the students' needs. These courses are arranged when there is sufficient interest! If you would like to learn, please contact me.