Meadow Grass Basket II

Pip Rice
Meadow Grass Basket II 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 inspiration in a large palm cone, carefully wrapped and tied in string to preserve it on its journey back from Australia 140 years ago. As a collector of natural treasures, such as conkers and leaves, Pip found this delicate process of preservation very appealing. Pip’s intention was to express this notion of collecting, treasuring and protecting through her basketry. 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, cotton, vine tendril, cotinus blossom
cm: Width 13cm, Depth 13cm, Height 21cm
inches: Width 5.1in, Depth 5.1in, Height 8.3in
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. The lid was made with slightly finer coils and edges with a coil of pink cotinus blossom. She has also sewn a twisted vine tendril detail to the top of the lid.
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.