Monday, August 7, 2017

Cats Head Basket

Cats Head Baskets have a distinctive base with four woven peaks at each corner allowing the base to arch up while the four corners support the vessel.  This low  basket features a two color band with a cream reed twist to form a window effect.   Once the band is woven the sides are turned in quickly to form the rimmed opening at the top.  This basket is based on a pattern by Judith Olney, called Windows Globe Basket.

Cathedral Window pattern with reed twist.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mini Ash Basket

I wove a miniature ash basket using a pattern by Annetta Kraayeveld ( ).  The small basket stands 2 3/4" high on two woven legs.  The basket is 2 1/2" by 2 1'2".  Small pinecone seeds and naturals are attached to one side for an accent. 

Weaving first leg
Both legs woven

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.