One of my favorite things to do as an artist is sharing my art with eager students from around the world. I've been privileged to teach at places like the John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont and a host of basketry conferences and conventions around the country but nothing is more fun to me than teaching students in my studio in Asheville's River Arts District.
As a professional artist, it's easy to take for granted the blessing of having a spacious studio in one of the country's largest and most vibrant working artist communities. Over the years, my students have told me that getting to take a class in my studio while surrounded my the huge amount of locally harvested natural materials like vines, bark and branches is both inspiring and exciting!
In 2016, I'm excited to offer 5 basket weaving classes at my studio teaching various things from grapevine harvesting to vine basket making. Each class is a 2-day workshop held from 10am-4pm with a break for lunch and every student will return home with 1-2 completed baskets, depending on the class.
One of the questions I get a lot is "Can I take one of your basketry classes even if I've never woven a basket (or haven't woven in a long time.... or have never woven natural materials)?" The answer is a resounding "yes"! Each of my classes are appropriate for beginners but are also rewarding for experienced makers as well. If you're new to basketry, there's no need to be nervous... you'll have a blast! And, if you're an experienced maker don't worry, I can help you hone your skills and challenge you throughout the class as you're comfortable.
Here's the list of basket weaving classes I'm offering in Asheville in 2016:
For more information on each basket weaving class and to register online, please visit my basket weaving classes page. Classes fill quickly, so please register soon!
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.