Weave Your Own Square Basket!
with Mary May
Saturday, January 20 from 10am-3pm
Beginners are warmly welcome to attend! Ages 12 -adult. All supplies are included in the materials fee and you’ll take home a beautiful basket of your own! Please bring a bag lunch or snack as a 20 minute break will be provided.
Instruction fee: $25 members/$35 nonmembers
Materials fee: $25 payable in class – exact change or check is appreciated
Thinking back, I have always enjoyed using my hands. After many different crafts I stumbled onto baskets. Most days I’m making, researching and designing a basket. I have been teaching and making baskets for over 20 years. My interest in basket weaving began as a hobby; it soon grew beyond that of a general craft and basket making took direction onto learning and educating others about the history and traditions of South Jersey Baskets.
Early on I was self-taught until I participated in the New Jersey Folk Arts Apprentice program. I progressed from an apprentice to a master in Pinelands Baymen’s Regional Baskets. Learning about New Jersey Baskets connects my interest in making baskets, my love for the basket’s history and working with my hands.
My focus isn’t just making baskets it includes finding traditional New Jersey baskets such as: Berry Baskets, Pound Fish Baskets, Eel Fykes, Pack basket and learning the how, who and why about them. Working over wooden molds, made by my husband, many of my basket shapes are native South Jersey baskets. These utilitarian basket designs were once used as a tool for carrying wares, my basket today are strong and beautiful to use or display.
Although SJ baskets have my attention I also enjoy designing my own styles and designs that that have a traditional look but updated use.