Making Bramble Baskets - 7th & 8th Nov 2018

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Making Bramble Baskets - 7th & 8th Nov 2018


This workshop is led by basketry expert Ruby Taylor of Native Hands and runs over two consecutive evenings, to give you enough time to complete your basket.

7pm – 9.30pm

Using locally foraged brambles, make a small (non-prickly) basket to take home with you. It’s great to transform what is often an unpopular plant into something beautiful and useful. You’ll learn about harvesting and processing  bramble, and you’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques involved. Perfect for storing eggs, garlic or vegetables in your kitchen, and for lots of other uses too.

Suitable for all levels, including beginners (age 16 upwards welcome). Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential.

The course will take place in the beautiful, creative and tranquil surrounds of the A.S.APOTHECARY shop and will include hot drinks and tasty biscuits/cake.

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Ruby Taylor runs courses in Wild Pottery and Wild Basketry, using raw clay and plant fibres, foraged from the land. Based in East Sussex, she’s been a maker since she was knee-high, and has always looked to the natural world for inspiration and a sense of connection. Her work is focused on experiencing the whole cycle of production: harvesting/gathering materials in a sustainable way, processing them and creating useful and beautiful objects. Her popular courses are suitable for all levels, and she’s appreciated for her ability to teach the techniques of basketry and pottery with clarity, patience and humour.

From both formal training and her own explorations over many years, Ruby has a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience of these crafts. In her element with the challenge of working outdoors with foraged materials, her work is also informed by having lived and worked in remote areas of Sudan and Ethiopia, and by extended periods of silent contemplative practice close to nature. She also has a special interest in the archaeology of basketry and ceramics.

She regularly delivers trainings and courses to Heritage organisations including Stonehenge, Pitt Rivers Museum, Weald & Downland Museum and Historic England.

As an artist/maker, Ruby was commissioned to make large-scale site specific sculptural pieces at Wakehurst (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) in 2017. 

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When booking for courses and workshops, please note that we can only provide a full refund (less a 10% admin fee) for cancellations made more than 7 days before the start date of the course or the day of the workshop. For any later cancellations there will be no refunds but if the course or workshop is booked to run again at a later date a booking may be transferred subject to the workshop leader's approval.