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Guilders Weave    

GUILDERS WEAVE - Teachers Bio's

Want to find out a little about your teacher for this year's Guilders Weave? Below are all the Guilders Weave teachers; click on your favorite teacher's name and read a little bit about them.

Peggy Adelman
Greg Barco
Anne Bowers
Jane McCall Brinkman
Pati English
Ruth Garcia
Kathy Garren

Jean Polthress Koon Eileen LaPorte
Jennifer Lee
Barbara McCormick
Rami McKinney
Marilyn Moore
Alice Ogden

Billy Owens
Judith Saunders
Linda Scherz-Allen
Polly Adams Sutton
Pam Talsky
Sandy Whalen
Judy Wobbleton


 

Peggy Adelman
Greesnboro, North Carolina

My name is Peggy Adelman. My basket career started 18 years ago when we first moved to North Carolina. I took a basket making class at Guilford Technical Community College. From there I joined the North Carolina Basket Makers Association and have taken many classes and workshops from different teachers. In 2009, I became the basket making instructor at GTCC. After taking a paper marbling class at John C Campbell Folk Art School, I started designing marbled and hand painted paper baskets. The last 4 years I have taught my original designs at national basket making conventions. As you can tell, I love weaving baskets and helping others learn the craft. I currently live in Greensboro, North Carolina with my husband and our 4 dogs. When I am not weaving I advocate for children in the foster care system. It is rewarding work as is weaving and teaching. My basket web site is Bluemoonbaskets.com


Greg Barco
Shawboro, North Carolina


Lifetime farmer, woodworker and stool weaver, Greg Barco, has been only teaching the weaving of seagrass stools for 5 years but he has been making them for 37 years. He is a member of the Albemarle Craftsmans Guild. He also does work with chair caning, rush cord caning and flat reed.

Anne Bowers
Kearneysville, West Virginia


Anne is from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia where she works in her studio designing and teaching baskets. She was a production basket maker for many years and brings those skills into each basket that she teaches. Ribbed basketry is her specialty, and some of her baskets have taken on a sculptural perspective in recent years. Anne has participated in many basketry exhibits. Anne has received many awards including one from Tamarack for outstanding skills in basketry. She is a member of the National Basketry Organization. She has taught on three basket cruises, teaches basketry widely and also lectures about the woven form. She is in her 35th year of weaving and is still fascinated with the woven form. She recently participated in her 27th year of Jefferson County, WV’s annual Over the Mountain Studio Tour. Her goal is to make each students class a successful one.


Jane McCall Brinkman
Meadowview, Virginia


I live near Damascus, Virginia, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I am a member of TBG, NCBA, and TSBG. I have been teaching for 14 years; teaching at GW, locally, and thru the Holston Mountain Artisans Co-op in Abingdon, Va. My best times are spent with all the Basket Cases I weave with wherever I go!

Pati English
Seneca, South Carolina


S.C. Art Commission Resident Artist, Pati utilizes our ancestors’ skills teaching in her studio, schools, museums, guilds, and conventions. She enjoys sharing love of basketry with weavers of all ages, creates designs often with Native American influence, continues to experiment with round reed variations. Materials in her baskets and kits are hand dyed in her studio. Patterns available nationally and website, www.BasketsMySpecialty.com. Former Teacher/Librarian, Pati is author of Award-Winning Basket Designs; Techniques and Patterns For All Levels, 349 color photographs, award-winning patterns, lots more helpful information. Her wish is to continue weaving, teaching, keeping the art of basketry alive.


Ruth Garcia
Westerly, Rhode Island


Ruth, from Rhode Island, has been weaving for over twenty years and is fond of the Nantucket tradition of basketweaving. Her creations have won numerous awards and been accepted into juried exhibits. She has won the 2011 ABM Convention Exhibit for Best Nantucket Style and both the NCBA 2012 First Place and Second Place in Professional Category. Ruth was also the recipient of Third Place in the Mold Woven Category at the NCBA 2016 Convention. Along with her Nantucket basket work, she has received recognition for her paper basket creations. At the 2017 Northeast Basketmakers Guild Convention, Ruth won First Place for her paper ‘Fish Bowl’. Besides designing and developing new techniques, Ruth loves to teach and has taught at many guild gatherings and conventions.



Kathy Garren
Chocowinity, North Carolina


Kathy has been weaving baskets since 1986. She really enjoys working with long leaf pine needles, which she gathers herself. For the past several years, she and her sister, Lisa, have combined pine needle basketry with hand-thrown pottery creating artisan quality pieces. It is Kathy’s desire to win basket makers over to pine needle basketry by offering projects that are simple, fun, unique and not too time-consuming.



Jean Poythress Koon
Morattico, Virginia


Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee and is a retired Culinary Arts teacher. She and her husband live in Morattico, Virginia, a small fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay. Teaching experiences include: Columbia Basin Basketry Guild's Tidal Weavings, Rockaway Beach, Oregon, Guilders Weave Tidewater Basketry Guild, Norfolk, Va, Greater Fall River Art Association, John C. Campbell Folk School, North House Folk School, Porcupine Mountains Folk School, Association of Michigan Basket Makers’ Annual Convention, Spring Retreat , Central Pa. Basket Weavers’ Guild, Hanover Pa. Road Scholar Basketry classes at Chincoteague Field Station, Wallops Island, Va. Her work has been featured in nationally and internationally juried exhibitions including : Handweavers Guild of America Small Expressions 2014, 2015, 2017, Convergence 2014 and 2016, Handweavers Guild of American - Third Place at Convergence 2016, New Dimensions, Blue Door Gallery's NEW WEAVES: Sculptural Basketry, Hilton Head Art League's Fine Art Craft Exhibition 2013, Honorable Mention, Hilton Head Art League's Fine Art Craft Exhibition 2014. Honorable Mention, 2016 First Place. National Park Service and Bowers Center for the Arts's More than a Mountain: Celebrating the Land and Community of The Peaks of Otter, Honorable Mention , Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art's Basketry: Traditions Interwoven, Fiber Arts Now’s Excellence in Fiber 2016 and Excellence in Fiber Exhibition at the New Bedford Art Museum


Eileen LaPorte
Washington, Michigan


I have been weaving baskets for over 30 years. Those early baskets were woven from jute, clothesline rope and fabric. I quickly moved to reed when I found it available. Basketry has taken me all over the USA and also Germany, England, Australia and New Zealand. I have taught at local guilds, state conferences and local craft shops. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of basketry with students.



Jennifer Lee
Plainfield, Massachusetts


I have been making bark baskets for 37 years because I find the process so enjoyable. My interest began with the study of how my Native Ancestors lived with the land. Just as the bison provides so much for the Lakota People of the plains, bark is the main material culture of the Northeast Woodlands. Bark covered our wigwams and canoes, stored our food and made clothing. Teaching basket classes and educational programs are a major joyful part of my life.


Barbara McCormick
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina


Barbara was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina where she learned the trade of sweetgrass basket weaving from her grandmother, mother, aunts, and other family members at a very early age. She has since carried on this tradition and has shared her talent with others including her family. Barbara teaches several classes along the East Coast and has her work displayed in several publications including: “Row Upon Row: Seagrass Baskets of the Lowcountry,” a documentary, “Grass Roots: The Enduring Art of the Lowcountry Basket,” as well as the Kaminsky House (Georgetown, SC) and McKissick Museum (Columbia, SC) just to name a few. Sweetgrass basket weaving is an art form that came from West Africa over 300 years ago during slavery.


Rami McKinney
Chesapeake, Virginia


I have been weaving for over 16 years, teaching in varies states, doing juried art shows, craft shows & demonstrating & selling my baskets at historical sites for most of 15 years. I was the basket maker at Middleton Plantation, SC & Hancock Shaker Site, MA when we were stationed in those areas. Rib baskets are my favorite to weave. I really enjoy trying different fibers for a more contemporary look.

Marilyn Moore
Iowa City, Iowa


Marilyn's first love is basketry, and basketry related jewelry. Since 1979, she has taught for guilds, conferences and conventions around the country and has written numerous articles and been featured in many publications. Having graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Fiber Art in 1997, she works and lives in Iowa City, IA, and works primarily with wire.



Alice Ogden
Franklin, New Hampshire


Alice has been making traditional black ash baskets for over 35 years. Working with black ash, white oak and elm bark she has always harvested her own natural materials for her baskets and her students. She also has a line of black ash baskets kits available. She teaches at many conventions and basket guilds across the country. A member of the NH State Council on the Arts wherein she was chosen as the 2013 Fellow for her commitment to the arts in her state. She is a long time member of the League of NH Craftsmen where she was the ornament maker in 2013 and made over 4,500 ornaments for the League. She has won many awards and she looks forward to seeing friends and getting in some warmer days in Virginia.



Billy Owens
Aurora, Missouri


Billy Owens is the second generation of the “Owens’” White Oak basket makers. His dad, Dale Owens, was self-taught and the first basket maker in the family. His wife Theresa helps with the weaving, as well as the children and grandchildren (the third and fourth generation). “Owens Oak Baskets”, has been around for over 30 years in the Ozarks of Southwestern Missouri. All the material used in their baskets is made from White Oak timber grown here in the Ozarks, which Billy selects, cuts and prepares by hand using a homemade hand tool which was made by his Dad called a "Split Knife". Billy has taught at conventions and workshops all over the United States. In his classes he enjoys sharing with his students everything about the Ozark and Owens method of "White Oak" basketry, from selecting the right tree to how he prepares the material for weaving. It is his goal when he teaches, that first and foremost everyone leaves with a finished basket that will last a lifetime and they can be proud of, as well as have a fun time learning about the process of White Oak basket making. He wants to ensure the Tradition of Ozark White Oak basketry lives on. billy.owens@ymail.com / www.OwensOakBaskets.com



Judith Saunders
Norfolk, Virginia


While traditional basketry techniques are used in Judith's art pieces, the results are far from traditional. Her vessels are intended to be more sculptural than functional. Judith Saunders has been weaving threedimensional forms with copper and hand-painted papers for more than thirty years. Her plaited forms can be seen in the book Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark by Vladimir Yarish, Flo Hoppe and Jim Widess. Judith's second home on Ocracoke Island, NC provides the inspiration for her more organic pieces, the "Shell Basket" series, that always starts with an Ocracoke shell each providing a new design challenge.



Linda Scherz-Allen
Rome, New York


Linda Linda's passion for basketry started 30 years ago. Her interest quickly expanded to designing, teaching, occasional exhibitions and juried shows. Linda enjoys working with a variety of materials including reed, bark that she harvests, waxed linen, beads and various materials. Mostly self-taught, Linda loves to create with color, design, and combine materials like she does with her miniatures. Teaching in many states, Linda enjoys getting to know other basket weavers. Linda says "It's rewarding to teach, see students' progress and excitement with what they have learned and made."



Polly Adams Sutton
Seattle, Washington


Polly Adams Sutton is a full time studio artist. She works with cedar bark from logging areas, which she gathers each spring as well as sweetgrass which is local to the Northwest. Her sculptural work is primarily twined with wire to create asymmetrical shapes and was chosen for the cover of “500 Baskets”. She has been teaching basketmaking for 30 years.



Pam Talsky
Waterford, WI


It started with a pine needle basket in June of 1994. Pam has since traveled to Thailand with the Royalwood tour and has made 13 trips to Alaska since 1998, to learn Pine Needle Basketry from Jeannie McFarland and Native Haida weaving with Delores Churchill. She also goes to harvest and prepare her own western red and Alaskan yellow cedar barks and Sitka spruce root. She loves everything about weaving, from the gathering and preparation of materials to creating beautiful, mostly functional vessels. The connection of weaving across the cultures continues to amaze and inspire her. Sharing her knowledge and continuing to learn from other weavers brings her great joy. Pam has earned many awards, among them; the AMB Best Coiled for General Membership in 2003. In 2004 she won the Teachers awards for both Coiled and Naturals, for Coiled in 2005, for both Coiled and Art Piece in 2006, she won the AMB best coiled Teacher in 2009 and, most recently, the AMB Coveted Viewer’s Choice Award in 2010. 3 first place awards at the NCBA convention 2013. In 2001 she donated 3 weeks and over 200 hours of time to weave a family of willow Tepees for the Ronald McDonald house, which are still used by the kids today. Pam teaches around the country at conventions in Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Alaska, Michigan, Georgia, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio and Wisconsin, to name a few. She also teaches in her private studio in Waterford when she is not on the road. Pam completed three baskets for the Hoard Museum of Fort Atkinson, which are permanently displayed in their Mystery of the Mounds Exhibit, opened April 2009. Pam traveled to Dharmashala, India for 2 ½ weeks in November of 2010 to teach the local women pine needle basketry so that they may have an industry to earn a living and make use of their long leaf Cher pine needles. Her work has been featured and on the cover of the Wisconsin People & Ideas Magazine. Vol56/NO 4 2010, the National Basketry Organization’s Quarterly Review Summer 2015 as well as in Fiber Art Now in 2015. Her work has been on exhibit at the Phillip Dickel Museum in Amana, Iowa as well as the National Basketry Organization’s ‘All Things Considered’. pamtalsky@wi.rr.com/ www.pamtalsky.com



Sandy Whalen
Milford, Michigan


Although her first basket class was years ago, in college as a part of her Occupational Therapy studies, the real beginnings stemmed from teaching various chair weaving classes in the adult education system. It didn’t take long for Sandy to discover willow and start growing it on her farm in Michigan. She loves the strength and character of w1llow and the lovely, sturdy baskets that are created. Over the years she has received several 1st place awards at the AMB conventions. In her quest for willow knowledge, Sandy has traveled to England, Germany, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand


Judy Wobbleton
Williamston, NC


Basketry artist, Judy Wobbleton, has been creatively weaving baskets for over 30 years. She uses traditional techniques to create functional pieces influenced by Native American and traditional Appalachian designs. She is also cofounder of NCBA, currently serving as Treasurer and has held previous board position as President, Convention Coordinator 1986, 2005 & 2012, CRC Chair, Membership Chair and Treasurer. Judy’s work has been featured in several publications including NC Our State magazine, The Basket Book, Basketmaker’s Baskets, Craft Works in the Home, A Basketmaker’s Odyssey, Over, Under, Around and Through and The Ultimate Basket Book. In addition to weaving Judy serves as Chair of the Martin County Arts Council of NC.

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