Saturday, July 15, 2017

Week 2 of Common Ground - EGG BASKET Class

Step 1 - Handle & God's Eye

Week 2 of Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College brought more weaving fun while I led a new group of participants through the steps of creating a traditional shaped egg basket.



Step 2 - Adding Primary Ribs


Step 3 - All ribs in place






















Everyone in the class made an egg basket using colors of their choice. They used the colored reed in different patterns on their basket. Some weavers had time to make reed reindeer and napkin baskets as well.   The student art show held on the last day of Common Ground gave everyone a chance to display their weeks work.



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hen Basket Class at Common Ground

Sample Hen basket by Sharon Schaeffer
Each afternoon I taught a group to weave a hen basket during week one of Common Ground on the Hill. The yearly two week event is held at McDaniel College.

It was a fun week of socializing and relaxing while learning a new craft.  Some class members were beginners while others had  experience weaving baskets, but not this style of  rib basket. 

Everyone selected colors and patterns to individualize their basket.  Friday evening all the baskets were on display as part of the Student Art Show.

Day one -   forming the armature

Outdoor weaving

Baskets by students in the Hen Basket Class

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Common Ground 2017 Gallery Show

Handmade Rib Baskets by Sharon Schaeffer are on display in Rice Gallery


Join me for the  Opening Reception on Sunday, June 25 from 4:30 to 5:30.  Work by all Common Ground 2017 Visual Art instructors is on display in the Rice Gallery on the second floor of the Peterson building on McDaniel College.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dying Reed




Common Ground on the Hill 2017 is a week away!  I will be teaching a basket class during both weeks - a Hen Basket during week 1 and an Egg Basket during week 2. 




I have been busy getting supplies ready for the classes.  Yesterday I spent the morning dying reed.  Class members will have a rainbow of colors to choose from  as they select a color palette and design bands of color for their individual baskets.





Basic dye supplies








Green dye bath




Bundles of reed drying

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Studio 1330 - Lessons Learned Exhibit

 

 

Gallery owner Jim Roberts invited my coworker  and I to exhibit our artwork  to celebrate our retirement at the end of this school year.   Holly and I have taught secondary art for a combined 70 some years.  The past 14 years we have taught together at Winters Mill High.

 



Joining us in the exhibit are two of our former high school art students.  They each now teach high school art in our county. 





I'm looking forward to next Saturday's opening reception.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sculptural Antler Vessel

Basket maker Anne Bowers from Kearneysville, West Virginia was the featured instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Basketweaving Guild's spring retreat April 28-30.  The weekend getaway was held at the Gitt Memorial Library in Hanover, PA.    
                                       





I spent Saturday weaving a sculptural basket on an antler base.  Round reed spokes were inserted in holes drilled into the antlers.  Using a variety of textures and colors the woven form took shape using jute, baler twine and round reed.  Hills and valleys of color were used as well as wooden beads and open window sections.













Step 1 - Insert round reed into antler
Step 2 -  Weave beginning rows with round reed
After several rows bead and a open window were included in the design


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hen Basket Class - June 2017





Join me this summer for a week of Basketmaking as part of Common Ground on the Hill on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. 


Do you want to learn to weave a Hen Basket?

The basket class runs from June 26 to June30.  Learn to sight, whittle and insert primary and secondary ribs and how to weave a neat decrease.  The class is open to beginners and experienced basket makers.