• Joe Hogan will have another exhibition at the Scottish Gallery from 4-28 April, called 'Learning from the Earth'. The Scottish Gallery website says "Learning from the Earth presents new willow work from traditional basketmaker and fine artist Joe Hogan. Joe has worked from his studio in Loch na Fooey in West Ireland since 1978. He grows his own willow and harvests other naturally occurring materials such as wood, bark, larch, birch, bog myrtle twigs, willow twigs and catkins that he incorporates in his work. Joe Hogan is regarded as one of Ireland’s master craftsmen and has gained a worldwide reputation for his work."

    This will be a 'must-see' exhibition for Scottish basketmakers. The exhibition catalogue will be available on line from the end of March on the Scottish Gallery homepage


    (photograph courtesy of the Scottish Gallery)


    SBC Member Helen Jackson has been working with Aberdeenshire potter HIlary Duncan for some years exploring the combination of willow and clay. They have taken part in North East Open Studios, most recently in 2016, displaying both their individual and their collaborative pieces. Now they present an exhition of their work, combined with a number of workshops, at The Barn, Burn o' Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA. The exhibition runs from 10th-21st April.




    The workshops - see courses listing  and website - run from 11 to 14th of April and include ceramics, basketmaking and the two together.


  • Lizzie Farey is part of a free exhibition, now moved from the City Art Centre, Edinburgh to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, call 'A Fine Line' 

    With fellow exhibitors Angie Lewin, Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh, she explores the fine line between art and craft in two and three dimensions. Marrying detailed observation and strong draughtsmanship with a variety of media, including printmaking, drawing, ceramics, collage and sculpture, the four artists have produced works inspired by places and spaces in both the natural and man-made environment.

    The exhibition runs until 18th February 2018 and is to be found on the third floor of the City Art Centre. The City Art Centre is open Wednesday-Sunday, and admission is free. The exhibition is touring, and is to be seen at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery until 12th May and the Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries (19th May to 7th July). The exhibition is a collaboration between the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, the Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries, and the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.




  • Lise Bech.  'Interwoven' at The Scottish Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh. 


    Lise has created a variety of wall pieces for this exhibition that runs until 6 February.

    Lise has an international reputation, and has exhibited at the Scottish Gallery on several occasions.

    exhibition will be well worth visiting by basketmakers and non-basketmakers alike.


    The catalogue can be viewed at the following url:




  • 20-22 October 2017

    This year we will be at the Tulliallan Police Scotland College, Kincardine. Here is a link to their website http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/police-scotland/scottish-police-c...

    We have three fabulous tutors coming to teach courses over three days. They are Mary Butcher, Jenny Crisp and Felicity Irons.

    Our AGM will be on the Saturday evening 21 October at 8pm.

    For more information and booking form please email Tim Palmer on tim@timpalmerbasketmaker.co.uk


    Course 1

    Fitching with Jenny Crisp
    Jenny, a tutor well known to
    us and much in demand, will
    teach a course exploring
    fitching. As part of this,
    some revision of hoop
    making and scalloms will be
    included. It will be possible
    to make more than one
    basket using the open work
    technique. Sorting and
    choosing the correct size
    willow for the object will be
    covered as well as concentrating
    on building a strong
    Maximum of 7 participants.


    Course 2
    Weavings & bindings with Mary Butcher

    Mary is another well-known and highly sought after tutor. The course will
    explore the many weavings and bindings that appear on many basket structures
    round the world. They can be made with many long, flexible materials and
    used as pure decoration on handles, rims, round the bottom edge of a structure.
    They can also be essential as ways of making a form for either 3D or flat
    objects. Several variations can be learned and used for experiments with
    structure and decoration.
    Most work will be on a small, delicate scale and a series of samples will be
    worked with the knowledge then used for future work. It is particularly good
    for basketmakers or textile people interested in using soft materials for twining,
    coiling, or creating bowl like structures, together with construction methods
    and texture. Come to improve and widen your use of materials, your weaving
    repertoire and new patterns and rhythms to use in your work. It is an opportunity
    to learn non-European techniques in both traditional and new ways.
    You will go away with a range of new techniques and a collection of samples
    for use and adaptation in later work. You may also go home with small,
    finished, decorative baskets, depending on the choices you make during the
    Maximum of 10 participants. Suitable for beginners.


    Course 3
    Rush work with Felicity Irons

    Felicity is the pre-eminent worker in rush in Britain and has not taught in
    Scotland for a long time. This is a chance to learn rush-work with a master
    who knows the material intimately, from its culture through to finished work.
    The course will begin with a little introduction into Felicity’s relationship to
    rush, how she became involved with it, and how rush is harvested. Then it
    will be hands on, starting with the simplest of pieces — a table mat. Students
    will have the opportunity to try a range of different techniques including
    pairing, twining, coiling, plaiting, knotting, sewing and roping. It would
    certainly be possible to take home hats, bags, baskets, cushions and small
    area of floormatting; bathmat or small runner.
    Recently harvested rush and tools — needles, threaders, twine and sewing
    palms etc will be provided.
    Maximum of 8 participants.


    Accommodation at Tulliallan is as single rooms with en-suite facilities.
    Shared rooms are available for couples and those that wish to share. If you
    wish to share, please indicate on the booking form the name of the person
    with whom you will be sharing the room. It is therefore essential that you
    arrange your share before filling in the form. The room fee includes breakfast,
    but lunch and supper are charged extra. It will be possible to park, and use,
    camper vans at Tulliallan and only pay for the meals taken. A bar will be
    available on Friday and Saturday nights from 20h00 – 23h00. Dogs are not
    allowed in the buildings but are permitted on the campus.

    The course fee of £160.00 includes tutor fee, tutor expenses, tutor board and
    lodging, hire of teaching rooms and cost of bar licence. Materials will be
    charged on an individual basis by the tutor and are payable directly to the
    Courses will run from 10h00 –17h00 (Friday & Saturday), 10h00 – 15h00
    Closing date for applications: Monday 31 July.
    Courses will be allocated and confirmation, with full joining instructions,
    sent after the closing date. Places on oversubscribed courses will be decided
    by ballot.
    Completed booking forms should be returned to:
    Tim Palmer, Dun-Macbeth, 14 Auldcastle Road, Inverness IV2 3PZ

    Here are the prices for the accommodation
    Single room including breakfast

    Double room including breakfast

    Lunch  £8.50
    Supper  £8.50