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John Cowan's traditional baskets are handmade by John using environmentally-friendly Scottish and English-grown willow. John reproduces old basket designs that were once commonplace in agriculture and the fishing industry, but now can be used domestically as sturdy log baskets or attractive storage baskets. Besides making traditional basket designs, John welcomes commissions of made-to-measure pieces.

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Deborah Smith weaves sculptural and traditional baskets www.smithcraftbaskets.com

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Masterweave platters by Ben Makhanya  |  Zulu "Telephone Wire" baskets are vibrant and mesmerizing, but weaver Ben Makhanya creates pieces that are far superior to the rest. Wire baskets are woven by wrapping the rim FIRST, then working in toward the center of the bowl, which is backwards from traditional basket weaving. Ben Makhanya manages to wrangle more colors and more changes in direction and more special weaves into his platters, creating a pattern that seems to swirl as you look at…

Masterweave platters by Ben Makhanya | Zulu "Telephone Wire" baskets are vibrant and mesmerizing, but weaver Ben Makhanya creates pieces that are far superior to the rest. Wire baskets are woven by wrapping the rim FIRST, then working in toward the center of the bowl, which is backwards from traditional basket weaving. Ben Makhanya manages to wrangle more colors and more changes in direction and more special weaves into his platters, creating a pattern that seems to swirl as you look at…

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