Curated by Judy Zugish

October 20 – January 5, 2023

Behind each of the handworks you see before you is a whole story in woven basketry. We are witnessing and celebrating a timely chapter – the art of basketmaking.

Please take your time, look closely at these pieces.  Begin to absorb what each is made to be, but also what plant, or bark, or collected material is part of the object. See that forest and garden, paper, branch, and woodland have been thoughtfully collected, skillfully prepared, extracted, sometimes exploited to create artful objects. Follow their lines, absorb the pockets of light, get lost in the details of stitch, marvel at the strength of construction. See the fusion of material; consider the challenges of execution.

Such is the bubbling complexity of materials grown and harvested; such is the wonder of knowing them well and extracting the qualities of strength and beauty. Such is the rich heritage of basketmaking, especially from our region that we honor. And such are the rich character driven artworks drawn upon a standard of excellence.

When we first began to plan a showcase of today’s basketry, my brain was happy! Happy to show off the talents of Pacific Northwest basket makers, to introduce the viewer to a rich range of technique, material, imagination, and form. To remind us all, the “store” of our imaginations will ignite in our hands.

Courageous baskets are the pieces of content I was hoping for, and I am deeply satisfied the viewer will see exciting, diverse, original, and eloquent examples of the tremendous growth and reach in the basketry of our time.  It is keenly meaningful that we give audiences just tuning in to basketry a chance to awaken to the contributions in the field today.     

Walk round, remember, from Raw to Refined – set your mind along the paths these talented hands have landscaped.

And thank you so much for joining up with our imaginations! Every viewer is a collaborator, for you inspire creations.

Thank you to our generous sponsor:

Raw to Refined: Basketry Today


Katherine Lewis
Northwest Skib

Farm Grown Basketry Willows
17.5″L x 2.5″H



Katherine Lewis
Out of the Deep

Farm Grown Basketry Willows
14.5″L x 14.75″H



Katherine Lewis
Skagit Shoulder Bag

Farm Grown Basketry Willows, Leather lining and adjustable strap
7″ x 12.25″ x 8.5″



Diane Banks
Americana a Divided Basket

Flat, round and half oval reeds, caning and wooden handle
12″ x 5″ x 14″



Diane Banks
Cathead Basket

Painted cotton paper strips and waxed thread
6″ x 6″ x 4″



Diane Banks
X’s and O’s Twill Round Basket

Flat and half round reeds, seagrass and waxed thread
13″ Diameter



Barbara Osborne
Double Brazilian Agate Plate

Coiled Pine Needle Plate
1″ x 7.5″ x 6.5″



Barbara Osborne
Persephone 3

Coiled Pine Needle Plate
2.5″ x 13.5″ x 14″



Barbara Osborne
The Fisher King

Coiled Pine Needle Plate
11″ x 7″ x 7″



Bill Roeder
Grosser Wanderkorb in Spiral Technik

Hand Skeined Natural Willow
40.5 cm



Bill Roeder
Runder Korb mit Spiralgeflecht

Hand Skeined Natural Willow
4″ x 4″ set of three



Bill Roeder
Schale mit Veirgeflecht Band

Hand Skeined Natural Willow
7″ Diameter



Judy Zugish
3 Middle Moons, Missing Dad

Hand skeined willow, Hardwood moons, Peeled willow branch
40″ x 20″



Judy Zugish
Dancing the Twist

Willow barks and corkscrew branch
14″ x 4″ x 6″



Judy Zugish
Exploring Barks

Willow barks, Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Copper wire, Abalone, Spruce root
8″ x 6″ x 5″


Raw to Refined

Judy Zugish
Fukushima Tsunami

Willow barks, homegrown and harvested
28″ x 24″ x 22″



Judy Zugish
Shadow Melodies

Hand skeined and home grown Willow
18″ x 6″ x 5″



Judy Zugish
The Significance of Standing

Old barn boards, Willow barks, skeined Willow, copper strips, assorted brass fixtures
31″ x 14″ x 2″



Judy Zugish
Village of Intersections

Peeled Willow, Willow skeins, Cedar bark, Bamboo, Flax, Willow bark, Linen
60″ x 60″



Judy Zugish

Skeined Willow, Cedar root, select beach wish stones
5″ x 4″ x 4″



Dorothy McGuinness
Aurora Borealis

Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, waxed linen thread, wood
12″ x 12″ x 4″



Dorothy McGuinness
Fade to Black

Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, waxed linen thread
45″ x 16″ x 16″



Dorothy McGuinness
Golden Pyramid

Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, waxed linen thread
10″ x 7″ x 5″



Claudia Mullek

Manzanita branch with galls, willow, waxed linen, color-coated copper wire; Lashing, construction
10″ x 10″ x 31″



Claudia Mullek
Flower Pot

Waxed linen, copper wire; Course-parallel Plain Oblique Twining
4.5″ x 4.5″ x 5.5″



Claudia Mullek

Driftwood, wool, hemp cord, leather cord; Tapestry weave, assemblage
37″ x 7″ x 14″



Sharon Kita
Nothing’s Written in Stone, A Play on Words

Coiled Basketry
9.5″ x 10″ x 6.5″



Sharon Kita
Sisters: Razzmatazz and Razzmatazzy

Twined Basketry
12.5″ x 4″ x 4″
9.5″ x 7″ x 6″

$1000 each, or $1800 both


Sharon Kita

Plaited Basketry
11.75″  x 5″ x 4″