Artwork for Clair Murphy
Rush bread basket
Rush table mats
Rush bench cushion
Coiling rush plait
Rush platter basket
Rush is a textural material, and I tend to weave it into functional baskets. I am constantly fascinated by single strands of material becoming strong, 3D objects which are beautiful and useful.
When I started making baskets I felt my hands had found what they were meant to do. There is a rhythm to basketmaking, both in terms of the seasons - I cut rush from rivers in summer, dry it and then weave the rest of the year - and in the making - where weaves form their own mathematical patterns as they grow.
I am a basketmaker making baskets from rush.
I generally make to commission as well as selling online and through galleries. In normal years I teach regularly, holding monthly courses in my workshop in Presteigne. I also teach across the UK; this year I am teaching at the Basketmakers' Association's Summer School in Harrogate.
In 2011 I completed a four year City and Guilds advanced diploma in basketmaking at the City Lit Institute in London.
Old Mayor's Parlour, Hereford