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Basketry Workshops at Pocosin Arts

Basketry Workshops
at Pocosin Arts

We a great lineup of basket-making workshops to choose from in 2018. Whether you love functional handmade baskets or weaving with alternative materials and embellishments, Pocosin Arts offers creative classes in basketry crafts.

Ginny Sword

Ginny Sword

Basket Weaving

Basket Weaving

In this workshop you will learn the basics of weaving a basket using flat split reed. You will have the opportunity to experiment with various widths of materials to create a textural pattern in the weave. You will also learn how to dye the materials for more colorful baskets. Create a functional square to round storage basket and a more challenging decorative basket.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs March 23 -24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, evening open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
GINNY SWORD is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  She has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in illustration and a masters degree in Art Education. She has been teaching basket weaving for 35 years. Ginny also taught elementary school art, served as Director of a Community Center dedicated to the arts and is owner of Juniper Hill Studio. Her baskets are all her original designs, inspired by Shaker and Native American traditions.

$225

Ginny Sword Basket Weaving Workshop
Jean Koon Handmade Basket

Jean Koon

Jean Koon

Copper and Pine Baskets

Copper and Pine
Baskets

Students will design and create a sculptural or functional basket using thin gauge sheet metal. After learning to form the base, participants will coil a shape of their own design using glycerin treated pine needles and waxed linen thread.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs July 10 -14, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
JEAN KOON began coiling after retiring from her teaching career. Her work has appeared in publications such as “Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot.” Jean has taught classes across the country, at venues including Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Virginia, Virginia Living Museum, North House Folk School in Minnesota, Porcupine Mountains Folk School in Michigan, and for guilds including Tidewater Basketry Guild, Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, and Association of Michigan Basketmakers. 

$505

Judy Wobbleton

Judy Wobbleton

Functional Baskets

Functional Baskets

This workshop offers the opportunity to learn several functional basket techniques including dyeing materials and making stains. Working in flat and round rattan reed, the class will address how to properly secure stakes in a slotted wooden base with overlays for an accent arrow pattern with round reed. Participants will also learn  to construct a rib basket from start to finish with an accent rim embellishment.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs July 28 – 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
JUDY WOBBLETON is a basketry artist and Martin County native. She has been creatively weaving baskets for over 25 years using traditional techniques to create functional pieces influenced by Native American and traditional Appalachian designs. Judy’s work has been featured in several publications including The Basket Book, Basketmakers’ Baskets, Craft Works in the Home, A Basketmaker’s Odyssey: Over, Under, Around & Through, and The Ultimate Basket Book. In addition to weaving, Judy devotes  great deal of her time to the Martin County Arts Council and The North Carolina Basketmakers Association, which she co-founded. 

 $225