Credit Ruby Taylor

Reed mace baskets

Saturday 28 September 2019


The course

Make a small woven basket using locally foraged wild reed mace, Typha latifolia (often known as ‘bulrush’). It’s a lovely material to work with as it’s gentle on the hands and amazingly versatile. You’ll learn two different weaves as well as a border technique and there will be a range of sample baskets on hand to inspire you.

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 building where the course is taking place can be cool.


£85 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


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