About me

Chris Baxter's baskets

That is what I am learning. I’ve been learning since 2014. I thought it would be, well, if not easy, then fairly straightforward and, well yes, simple. Turns out it is far from simple, but it is fascinating, demanding and exacting. And I am still learning.

I have an excellent teacher in Jane Jennifer who is passionate about her work, exacting in the execution of her craft and constantly pushes me to aspire to produce baskets that are the very best I can do, not just  ‘it’ll do baskets’. I am very grateful for her nagging unfailing encouragement.

As a sculptor the three dimensionality and the honesty of the materials ‘speaks’ to me. I’m enjoying finding out what I can do with willow, I’ve recently completed a hrdle making course at Musgrove Willows

And I have just signed up to a sculpture course with Sarah Le Breton this will be at Coates also in Somerset.

A very lovely site Basketry and Beyond offers some really useful and free information about basket making. Have a look at the resources pages for some really useful info.

As a member of the Basketmakers Association I share their aim “to promote the knowledge of basketry, chairseating and allied crafts . . . ”