Saturday, December 5, 2009

Black Ash Basketry Classes at NCBA Convention With JoAnn Kelly Catsos!

I'm thrilled to be teaching my original black ash basket designs at the NCBA Convention in March 2010. My very first convention was teaching for NCBA in 1994 - has it really been 16 years??!!
I teach and weave with black ash splint that is harvested and processed by my husband, Steve, from trees near our home in southwestern Massachusetts. Along with the splint, we make all the handles, rims and molds needed for each basket. Next year I'll be teaching 2 baskets at the convention. It's a wonderful event that I look forward to each year, filled with baskets, friends and fun.

Small Elegance

3 p.m. - 10 p.m. on
Thursday, March 11
intermediate weaving level;
prior twill experience is helpful
material fee $62

This elegant low cathead basket was inspired by the quadrafoil twill pattern found in antique Shaker baskets. Weave the quadrafoil twill with fiinely prepared black ash splint over a wooden mold - in a comfortable atmosphere. Darker heartwood stakes and whiter sapwood weavers highlight the twill pattern, while maple rims complete the basket. A student toolbox is provided. The Small Elegance basket is 6 1/4" in diameter x 3" deep

Snowflake Bowl

NOTICE: this class is listed incorrectly in the NCBA brochure!
The correct days for class are:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
on both
Friday, March 12
Saturday, March 13

advanced weaving level,
with previous ash and twill experience suggested
material fee $109

Don't miss this chance to weave with precisely prepared black ash splint over a wooden mold to create this breath-taking 8 point twill pattern on a lovely cathead bowl. I developed this pattern - it was inspired by the quadrafoil twill pattern found in Shaker baskets. By using darker heartwood stakes and lighter sapwood weavers, the twill pattern is eye-catching. Maple rims that are single lashed complete this basket. Extra weaving outside of class may be needed. Previous ash experience is required to complete this challenging and fabulous basket. I provide a toolbox for each student. The Snowflake Bowl is 9 3/4" in diameter and 3" deep.

I hope to see you at the NCBA Convention. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Happy Weaving and Happy Holidays!

1 comment:

Move With Me said...

looks like an awesome educational event... wish i could be there...