I love making things that are both lovely and useful. I enjoy knitting and crochet, as well as making books, and of course, baskets. I am also a homeschool mom of 4, and that’s how I initially learned to make baskets. The kids and I were doing a unit study on Appalachian history. As a part of our homeschool, we always include lots of hands-on projects. Fun for mom and the kids! We made apple butter and lye soap, went on a lot of field trips. I saw an ad for a basket class teaching ribbed baskets. So, I signed up, thinking it would be a nice addition to our homeschool studies. Well, I was hooked. I loved making baskets, and soon had a house full of them, and generously gifted them to all my relatives and friends! My husband encouraged me to try jurying in to the Art Center, as he had seen an announcement in the newspaper about it. I brought my best baskets to the shop, and met some very nice folks who gave me a lot of encouragement, and some help on improving my baskets. I was juried in, and have been making a nuisance of myself ever since.
I continue to take classes, and enjoy learning new techniques and using new materials. I have joined the Tennessee Basket Association and plan on attending the convention in Kingsport this July. I teach classes at Appalachian Arts Craft Center and at Pellissippi State through their non-credit program. I also have 2 kids at home that are still homeschooled, and have to put up with basket reed on the school table.