Basketmaking Courses 2017

Basketry and Beyond visit to Sao Miguel, Azores

13th to the 20th May, 2017 – 7 nights

Hilary Burns and Geraldine Jones will be co-ordinating this week long visit and drawing on experiences gained when they developed a Land Art Project on Sao Miguel four years ago. They will be organising trips, providing transport around the island, sharing the week’s activities with everyone and ensuring that the visit will be a success.

The basketry course is designed for people who have had some previous experience of basketry or a similar craft.
The dates are the 13th to the 20th May, 2017.
The 3 day basketry course will be held in the middle of the week, from Tuesday to Thursday, 10.00 until 15.00 each day and the tutor will be an Azorean basketmaker, Aida Bairos. We will be making an Azorean basket, the JOEIRA, illustrated above
The group will be limited to around 6 people though we may be able to arrange accommodation for more if you would like to bring a partner or friend. Early booking both of the visit and the flights is advised. Booking forms are available now, from our website or contact below.
Self-catering accommodation is included for 7 nights, twin beds or a single room supplement.
Flights are NOT included
The kitchen will be stocked with basic groceries and lunch will be provided on the 3 Basketry Course days
Daily transport and trips will be provided to various attractions around the island. Amongst general sightseeing of beaches and mountains and tropical gardens these visits could include, folk museums, hot spring baths, volcanic lakes, a flax weaver’s workshop, working tea plantations and a local basketmaker’s workshop and willow fields. Or any other suggestions can be considered. We will plan a programme of the above visits that suits the group during a welcome meal on Sunday.
Whale watching and restaurants are optional extras which can be arranged but you will need to fund these yourselves.
The inclusive cost for the above (excepting whales, restaurants and flights) will be£690 per person for a shared room with twin beds OR £775 for a single occupancy room.
We will meet you at the airport at Ponte Delgada and transport will be provided to and from the accommodation but please be aware that air flights are NOT included, you will need to arrange and pay for your own flights, also provide evidence of your own travel insurance. From the U.K you will need to fly to Ponte Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. SATA and TAP operate from U.K to Sao Miguel. RYAN AIR flies to Ponte Delgada from Stanstead. You should book early for the best deals.

To read more about the history of Basketry in the Azores click HERE

Booking form HERE

Please contact Geraldine with any other queries, email is the best option

01736 762055 or 07773124241

Weave Your Own Grocery Basket: 25 – 26 March 2017

Hilary Burns shopping basket

This course is being run by Schumacher College, Dartington.

More information and booking.

Make a round grocery basket suitable for shopping, harvesting fruit and vegetables or kindling. This size and complexity you will achieve will depend on whether you are a complete beginner or have some previous experience of the craft.

Fee:£150 inclusive of materials. Bring a shared lunch.

Location: Chicken Shed Studio, Schumacher College, Dartington

Devon Maund – Willow Basket:  5 – 7th July 2017

Hilary Maund - Bicycle basket

This course is being run by The Old Kennels.

More information and booking.

Make a traditional North Devon Maund basket in buff willow with hazel feet approx. 18” long. The word ‘maund’ appears in documents dating from the 1500s and was an agricultural basket usually round or oval with two side handles or finger holes, some were made to an exact specification and used as a measure (bushel baskets). This one, used in the pannier markets of North Devon is different, it begins as an oval that turns into an oblong, with a lid designed to form a shelf when open, on which produce such as butter and eggs would be displayed by farmer’s wives.

This versatile basket involves the making of an underfoot base, handles, feet, latches, square borderwork and a lid. It is suitable for those already familiar with the basics of English basketry techniques, who wish to improve their basket making skills.

Fee: £225 plus materials (approximately £20)

Two Day Course Using French Willow Basketry Techniques – 20th /21st October 2017

Cost: £150.00 per person, includes all materials, refreshments and a light lunch

Make a round or oval basket on a hoop base. Techniques covered include scalloming, fitched or solid bases and sides are both options, French roped handles if liked. This course is not suitable for beginners, improvers are welcome.

Venue: Yalberton Barn, Yalberton Road TQ4 7PE Devon
For booking please contact me here: contact page