Willow Exploration 37

Maggie Smith
Willow Exploration 37 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 was inspired by the colour of bark used to form a single ring at the top of the piece. The resulting container employs several different craft techniques to knit and cobble willow shaves with willow bark. This is a one-off piece, created exclusively for The New Craftsmen.

Material: Willow rods, willow bark
cm: Width 20cm, Depth 21cm, Height 7.5cm
inches: Width 7.9in, Depth 8.3in, Height 3in
Care Instructions: Keep dry, colours may fade in strong direct sunlight


This piece was made by hand using several different craft techniques. Knitting with willow bark, cobbling (a form of random stitching) willow shaves with willow bark, and finally, assembly of the individual elements 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.