Willow Exploration 35

Maggie Smith
Willow Exploration 35 forms part of a series of innovative work which utilises the willow Maggie Smith grows and harvests herself. With each piece created, Maggie learns something new about what the material can do – and how it can be used. This particular decorative object explores the thick bark harvested after her willow has been allowed to grow into trees. The resulting container employs fine willow rods and an expert coiling technique to create a lid and base.

Material: Willow rods, willow bark
cm: Width 12.5cm, Depth 12.5cm, Height 12.5cm
inches: Width 4.9in, Depth 4.9in, Height 4.9in
Care Instructions: Keep dry, colours may fade in strong direct sunlight


Firstly, Maggie shapes a piece of thick willow into a ring. After selecting fine willow rods in a variety of colours, she uses an exposed core coiling technique (carefully bound with willow bark) to form the base and lid. The piece is then assembled to finish.
The Maker Maggie Smith Basket Maker - East Midlands

Maggie Smith is a contemporary basket maker based in Northampton. Maggie has a willow bed in Essex, where she produces her materials as well as garething materials from the local countryside. Employing a range of traditional basketry techniques, Maggie Smith creates modern interior pieces, including sculptural forms, large vessels, and baskets. Whilst much of her inspiration comes from the natural world, she enjoys experimenting and exploring materials that feed her creativity and drive her practice forward.