Credit to Ruby Taylor

Grass baskets

Friday 7 September 2018


The course

Spend a day making a small coiled basket from grass. Learn about the types of grasses that can be harvested and how to process these. You will make a basket that is sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similar sized objects. After the day you will be looking at verges and lawns in a whole new light. If you have attended Ruby’s previous course, bone needles, you can bring your needles along to make your grass baskets.

The tutor

Ruby Taylor is a is an artist maker working with plant fibres and clay. She is also a qualified teacher with 20 years’ experience. Ruby is appreciated for her ability to teach the techniques of basketry and pottery with clarity, patience and humour. Her courses are popular for their relaxed and inclusive atmosphere and she regularly runs courses in Sussex woodland as Native Hands. From both extensive formal training and her own experimentation, Ruby has a breadth and depth of knowledge.

She was a team member of East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership (2009 – 2016 ), where she taught ancient craft and technology to all ages, including the construction of prehistoric-style dwellings. She regularly delivers training and courses to Heritage and Cultural organisations including English Heritage (Stonehenge), Historic England, Pitt Rivers Museum and Sussex Past.

As a practising artist, Ruby was commissioned by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Wakehurst) to make large scale, site specific sculptures in 2014 and 2017.

Participant information

It is advisable to wear layers as the course is in the Gridshell.

Fee and refreshments

£80 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


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