This workshop took place in January 2018. We are now beginning to plan for the 2020 workshops week. Please check back later for details.

About The Class

Instructor: Lois Russell

Medium: Basketry

Workshop Title: New Uses For Ancient Techniques

Artists today are mining the ancient craft of basketmaking to create sculptural pieces that challenge the definition of “basket.”  Explore basic techniques such as coiling, plaiting, twining, knotting and random weave. Learn how to play with color and how to control the shape of your structure while exploring pattern, texture and form. Using a variety of materials such as colorful waxed linen, wire, and paper, you can try a new technique or focus on a favorite. Artists who generally work in another medium are strongly encouraged. All levels welcome.

Click here to download the PDF of student material list for Basketry.

About The Instructor

Lois Russel

Lois Russel

Lois Russell, whose sculptural fiber work reflects her background as a basket maker, has won numerous awards including an Award of Excellence at CraftBoston and Category Winner in Excellence in Fiber 2016. Her work is included in 500 Baskets, and has been featured in Fiber Art Now. Two pieces are in Rooted, Revived and Reinvented: Basketry in America.

Lois has been teaching throughout the country for 20 years, including at the deCordova Museum and at National Basketry Organization conferences.



  • Application Fee: $50.00
  • Residents: $1,235.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Room & Board Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)
  • Commuters: $900.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Lunch and Dinner Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

Workshop Ended

Baskets are an invitation to play with shape, color and texture.”
— Lois Russell

Lois Russell

These photos are representative of the instructor’s work, not necessarily of work that will be produced during the workshop.

Inspiration is waiting.