Weavers Helping Weavers

GW20 Teacher Bios

Greg and Elaine Barco

The Barcos have been making their seagrass stools for over 45 years.  Mr. Barco hand cuts and turns all pieces from any kind of wood he can find.  Mrs. Barco is the assembler and builds each frame.  Oak, walnut and cherry are the most popular kinds.  Together they turn out the beautiful frames used in all of their classes.  They also do chair caning, rush, and pressed cane and Mr. Barco makes some of the largest plain reed egg baskets around.  Their stools and baskets are for sale in several places around NE NC and the Outer Banks.  They are members of the Albemarle Craftsman's Guild and participate each year in the craftsman's workshop which is held in May and they participate in the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair in October.  They are owners of Barco's Refinishing & Caning Company where they will repair and replace furniture in chair caning and rush materials.  If he ever gets free time from his seagrass stools, he helps his son on the family farm.  They also breed and sell Golden Retriever dogs.  

Jan Beyma

 I have been teaching and weaving baskets for over 30 years.  I have taught at NCBA, GBA, KBA, TBA, Stateline, Odyssey and Guilders' Weave conventions and seminars; and for our local Port City Guild.  I enjoy weaving Nantucket baskets.  I love to stimulate the interest of basket weaving and sharing weaving tips that I have learned over the years with others, while also learning new tips from my students.  I consider myself a non-traditional Nantucket weaver as I find common items to use as molds for my classes.  I usually will incorporate a twill weave of some kind in to my baskets.  I have served on the NCBA board as membership chair and am currently serving as a member-at-large.

Anne Bowers

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 she brings those skills in to each basket that she teaches.  Ribbed basketry is her specialty and, in recent years, some of her baskets have taken on sculptural perspective.  Anne has participated in many basketry exhibits, has received an award from Tamarack for being outstanding in the skills of basketry and has won many awards for her work.  This year she produced a few baskets on huge moose antlers to be used by a floral designer for the Philadelphia Flower Show.  She is a member of the National Basketry Organization.  She has taught on three basketry cruises, teaches basketry widely and lectures about the woven form.  She is in her 37th year of weaving and is still fascinated with the woven form.  This fall will mark her 30th year of participation in the annual "Over the Mountain Studio" tour.  Her goal is to make each student's class a successful one.   

Pati English

As a basket maker and instructor, Pati shares her love of basketry, basket skills and her basket collection, while teaching weavers of all ages in her studio, at local schools, museums, guilds, conventions and the John C. Campbell Folk School.  Attend a studio class in South Carolina and enjoy the view out her windows.  It is inspiration for new color combinations!  Pati continues to experiment with round reed variations with materials hand dyed in her studio and incorporated in original designs and class kits.  Patterns are available from national suppliers and her website,  www.basketsmyspecialty.com  A Resident Artist with the South Carolina Art Commission, Pati is author of Award-Winning Basket Designs; Techniques and Patterns For All Levels, with 349 color photographs, 15 award-winning patterns and helpful information. 

Gail Hutchinson

Weaving is a big part of my life and has been for over 35 years. Technique, hand shaping, twills, and teaching are a few of my favorite things to do. I have a love for naturals and am incorporating them into new designs. I’ve written over 200 patterns and taught most of them.  I have met some life long friends along the way and look forward to weaving and sharing with new friends. When I’m not creating baskets or on the road teaching, I love playing with paper, painting,, and watching my grandchildren grow.

Carolyn Kemp

Basket maker and watercolor artist, Carolyn Kemp is a resident of Lancaster, South Carolina.  Carolyn has been painting her whole life and combined it with basket weaving in the early 1980s.  Now she does both with equal enthusiasm.  She has co-authored and illustrated numerous books on basket making and teaches basketry at many venues around the country.   "Weaving is pure joy for me.  I love doing it and I love sharing what I've learned with others."

Jean Koon

Jean has a 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.  Jean started weaving in 2009 after retirement.  She has taught at John C. Campbell Folk School and other folk schools, as well as state basketry conferences in various states across the country.  Her work has been featured in nationally and internationally juried exhibitions and in national publications including Fiber Arts Now and Shuttle, Spindle and Dye Pot, NBO Quarterly Review and The Woven Tale Press; as well as a book Creative Coiling:  The Artistry of Jean Poythress Koon, by Hetty Van Gurp.  Jean serves on the Board of Directors of the National Basketry Organization.

Anneta Kraayveld

Annetta's home and studio are full of baskets.  The collecting started when she was a child; the weaving, in 1994 when she found a book and begged for a lesson.  She is still obsessed with baskets and finds great satisfaction working with her hands, merging an age-old art form with the contemporary world.  Creating functional art pieces is her passion.  Annetta's work has received many awards.  When not weaving, Annetta is teaching basketry, which she enjoys as much as weaving.  She has been teaching at basketry events and guilds across North America since 2000.  In 2015, Annetta started a blog called, the "Basket Teacher".  You can read it at  www.prairiewoodbasketry.com.  Besides baskets, teaching basketry and writing about baskets; she loves the people she has met and the places she has visited through basketry.  Annetta was born and raised on the prairies in Alberta, Canada.  Today she lives with her husband in the woods of Wisconsin.

Karen and Kim Maugans

Karen took up weaving in 1999 quickly falling in love with the art. So much so upon retirement she immediately went to work in a basket shop and then began teaching.  After owning and operating a business for over 20 years Karen had a reluctant student on her hands - Kim.  However, Kim quickly gained a great appreciation for the art of basketry. Kim has been weaving for about ten years and especially enjoys rib basketry.  Being the other “K” in K-n-K CREATIONS, keeps Kim busy in the shop making a variety of bases including drilled, grooved and starting to do fret work.  Other interests include continuing to remodel our home, being outdoors, reading and enjoying the company of friends. We live in a small community called New Hope in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Have a small place in the woods and share a mixture of pets – goats, chickens, and cats.

Barbara McCormick

Barbara was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina where she learned the trade of sweetgrass basket weaving at a very young age from her grandmother, mother, aunts and other family members.  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

Rami learned how to weave baskets while stationed in Hawaii in 2001.  She has been weaving and passing on this important form of art since then.  She has taught basket weaving in various states and submitted her work to numerous juried art shows and craft shows.  Over the years, she has also offered her services to the public at several historical sites, demonstrating and selling her baskets, while interpreting the different styles of baskets and their history.  She served as the basket maker at Middleton Plantation in Charleston, SC; Hancock Shaker Site in Massachusetts; and Watervliet Shaker Site in Albany, NY.  She currently teaches at the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk, VA.  Her work is being sold in an artisan co-op in Norfolk, where she also teaches.  Ribbed baskets with seagrass are her favorite and a specialty of hers.  She is currently trying to rid rib baskets of their "bad" reputation. They are not a hard style to weave, just time consuming.

Mary Normand

Following my retirement after 30 years as a field service tech for IBM, I spent years trying to finish all the projects I had started.  I'm active in Colonial era historic re-enacting (camping in the canvas tent and cooking over the open fire) and have taught baskets and broom making at historic sites as well as Guilders' Weave and the North Carolina Basketry convention.  Now I am more active in my garden, which specializes in uncontrollable weeds and mud.  

Judith Saunders

A Norfolk, VA native, Judith retired from the Norfolk Public School System, following thirty years as an art educator. Her interest in weaving three dimensional forms began in a one-week workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Shereen LaPlantz in the mid eighties. While traditional basketry techniques are used in her work, she leans toward non-traditional materials and creates art pieces that are more sculptural than functional.    While traditional basketry techniques are used in Judith's art pieces, the results are far from traditional. Her vessels are intended to be “art pieces” and are more sculptural than functional. Judith Saunders has been weaving three-dimensional 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.

Linda Scherz

Linda started weaving baskets in the fall of 1987 shortly after moving to northern New York.  Her interest in weaving quickly expanded to designing, teaching, exhibitions and juried shows.  Linda enjoys working with a variety of materials, including reed, bark that she harvests, waxed linen, cotton cord, beads and other materials.  While much was self-taught, she has attended conferences to learn other techniques and to work with other materials.  Known for her intricate patterns, eye for color and incorporating different materials in her designs, keeps it exciting for her.  Through the years she has won several awards for her baskets.  Linda teaches her designs throughout the United States for various guilds, conferences, art centers and organizations.  She enjoys sharing her basketry knowledge and experience with her students as it's rewarding to see their progress and excitement with what they have learned and made.  You can see more on her website www.AdirondackBasketry.com 

Elaine Sinclair

I began my life in Horner, WV. Two months later, I moved with my family to Indian Run in Bristol, WV. By the age of 8, I had 5 brothers and 7 sisters. We grew up as “farm kids” on my parent’s “hundred acre woods.” After graduating from Bristol High School, I began married life. I moved out of state for a few years, but returned to the family farm where I raised 3 children. After my youngest child turned 17 and didn’t need mom’s apron strings any longer, I decided to do something for myself.   After visiting Jackson’s Mills Jubilee, I decided to try my hand at painting. Several of my art pieces are around the world including Japan, Canada, Alaska and several western states. But most important to me, are the pieces collected by my friends and family here at home. I attended the Salem Apple Butter Festival for 17 years as an artisan. Then I became an artisan at the Forest Festival in Elkins WV for about 14 years.

In 1989 I decided to explore the world of basket weaving though the West Virginia Extension Homemaker’s Club. Shortly thereafter, I began teaching classes of my own. I have taught in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina as well as here locally. I started a basket guild here in Harrison County about 2000, at which I am still president today.  I have taught students at the local elementary schools as well as my church and our VBS.

In about 2006, I was juried into Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia, where one can still find my baskets and penny rugs for sale. In my second year at Tamarack I was informed the 2nd top seller for 2008! In 2011 I was chosen as one of the top 15 of 3000 artisans and West Virginia Living Magazine did a feature article on those honored. 

I still reside on the family farm in my very own “hundred acre woods” with my husband of 37 years and my 1 dog. My 3 children stuck close by and share with me our 10 grandchildren and 5 great grand children.

Joyce Smith

As a charter member of the Tidewater Basketry Guild, I have been teaching since the first convention.  I have been weaving for 30+ years.  I studied Shaker baskets in New Hampshire with Martha Wetherbee.  I continue to study.

Polly Adams Sutton

Polly is a full time studio artist from Seattle, Washington.  Working with cedar bark from logging areas, she gathers the materials each spring, along with local NW sweetgrass.  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 basket making for 35 years.

Eric Taylor

Eric lives in middle Tennessee and has been very involved in traditional basket making for over thirty years.  His love for working with wood and the brown ash tree inspired him to experiment further in the art.  He started creating his own contemporary designs that combined the elements of Shaker and Nantucket baskets.  He has won several awards and was included in The Cole Ware Collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Jamie VanOekel

A neighbor opened the door to basket weaving 25 years ago and I am still following that path to try all sorts of weaving.  Wonderful friendships with fun and creative people make the world of basketry a win/win for me.  I am a member of TBG, NCBA, TBA and NBO.  While I still have a day job, teaching is a luxury that I look forward to, whenever possible.  

Charlene and Bill White

Charlene and Bill have taught for NCBA conventions and seminars for more than 30 years.  He is a past NCBA board member, a past co-chair for a NCBA convention and photographer for multiple conventions and seminars.  Charlene is currently the secretary for NCBA.  She has served as co-chair for three NCBA conventions and served as the coordinator of numerous seminars.  Bill is best known for designing and making all of their molds and working parts for the White's classes.  They have taught at conventions in Indiana, Georgia and throughout NC, plus traveled and taught Nantucket baskets to many local guilds.  Both enjoy working together on their Nantucket designs.  They enjoy making other style baskets, but Nantucket baskets are their passion.  They reside in New Bern, NC.

Pam Wilson

Pamela Wilson loves all styles of basket making and finds great satisfaction in creating beautiful works and in sharing her love of baskets with other weavers.  Her work is exhibited at Peters Valley in Layton, NJ.  She has taught extensively for a number of basketry guilds including Central PA Basket Weavers Guild, Deer Creek Basket Guild, High Country Guild and Penn-Jersey Basket Weavers Guild and for Peter's Valley and the Country Seat, a basketry supply store  She is a long time member of the National Basketry Organization and Central PA Basket Weavers Guild.  She holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma and a MFA from Florida State University.