Meadow Grass Basket I

Pip Rice
Meadow Grass Basket I by Pip Rice is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. Pip found her specific inspiration in a large palm cone, carefully wrapped and tied in string to preserve it on its journey from Australia 140 years ago. Woven with grasses, roots and leaves, her work feels as though it has been found in a hedgerow or gathered from the forest floor, before being placed on a mantlepiece to be treasured.

Material: Wild flower meadow grass, willow, cotton
cm: Width 11cm, Depth 16cm, Height 54.5cm
inches: Width 4.3in, Depth 6.3in, Height 21.5in
Care Instructions Clean with dry dusting cloth only


This piece is made from wild flower meadow grass from Shropshire and twisted willow found after a storm on Peckham Rye. Pip soaked the dried meadow grass, then twisted and coiled it around a cylinder before sewing the coils together with needle and thread. Pip then hunted for the perfect piece of willow to curl around and attach to the outside of the basket.
The Maker Pip Rice Basket Maker - London

After working for many years as a photographic stylist, sourcing beautiful objects made by others, Pip Rice had a yearning to create some of her own. The South East London based basket maker initially began experimenting with plants from her own garden before going on to forage natural materials from further afield. After a two-year basketry course at City Lit, she now combines a range of traditional basketry techniques with contemporary experimentation to create highly sculpted baskets. She was awarded both the Barbara Maynard Cup, by the Basketmakers’ Association, and the Christiane Sands Award in 2019.