Basketry masterclass – English Square Work

Learn from expert basketmaker Mary Butcher as she shares her knowledge of traditional techniques in English Square Work. English Square work has a unique way of creating corners; with step by step guidance on the different aspects of this technique, you will learn how to overcome and master the challenges associated with this work.

Ability: Intermediate/Advanced
The minimum time required to watch and respond to the video content and complete the tasks is 1.5-2 hours. The tutor also recommends how you can develop your work further so that you can continue to use the skills acquired on this course for future projects. One year of online access to all of the course content.
Mary Butcher is a wonderful teacher. Very clear and the filming was also great. Also that I can access the course again for a year is great.
Ilona, December 2021


Mary Butcher

Mary is a basketmaker, exhibition curator, writer and teacher. She began her career as a willow weaver and in 1993 a QEST Basketmakers’ Company Scholarship allowed her to study traditional basketmaking techniques and practices in the UK. 

She then completed a Fellowship in Basketmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University, and investigated other ways of making. Her techniques and materials vary from the traditional to the contemporary using natural stems, leaves, bark, wire, plastics, vellum, paper and lots of colour.

Mary is the author of Willow Work (published by David & Charles, 1987). She held a prestigious crafts residency at the V&A’s Sackler Centre in 2009. She received an MBE for services to basketmaking in 2012 and one of two Crafts Skills Champions Awards in 2013.

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