Make a willow basket in two evenings
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: VC240
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
On this course you will make a small willow basket suitable for bread or fruit, using classic willow-work techniques as an introduction to traditional basket making.
What will we cover?
You will pair a base, insert stakes, upsett and wale. The siding will be woven in a false French rand and the border will be a simple trac.
Students with some experience will be encouraged to stretch themselves by trying a technique new to them, or by refining their skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make a willow basket!
- Demonstrate an understanding of what is involved in this ancient craft.
- Identify some of the qualities of willow and how to manipulate and control it.
- Students with some experience will:
- Develop existing skills
- Apply a more involved weave or border.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Willow basketry involves some physical strength so should you have any concerns, contact the department (020 7492 2700/2703) or tutor before committing yourself.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical course. You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition. There will be examples to help you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs.
The college has sufficient tools for you to use whilst in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You could study more willow basketry in VC184 Contemporary willow basketry or explore other aspects of basketry by studying VC222 Random weave basketry: explore line, form and space or VC205 The basketry project: investigate, explore, make.
John was introduced to basketry by a Crafts Council exhibition in 1999, where he was impressed enough to undertake a four-year City & Guilds course in creative basketry at the City Lit. This has transmogrified into the two-year VA190 course John now runs and teaches on. John's specialty is rushwork but he is comfortable with other materials and techniques and encourages experimental work following sound and basic groundwork. John believes that craft work is an essential human occupation. When not teaching basketry John repairs harps.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.