I make traditional and contemporary baskets made using willow grown in King’s Cliffe by my husband , Kirk. We have seven varieties of willow which we have been growing for 15 years. The hazel we use is also locally sourced from a coppice woodland in Corby. The materials are very important in my work. I love the qualities of the willow; it’s colour, strengths and texture. I also make large scale outdoor sculpture which has a steel frame and a willow ‘skin’. I am influenced by heavy, solid forms, such as natural rock formations, and I love the fluidity and movement which willow gives to the sculpture.
Workshops take place throughout the year at King’s Cliffe Village Hall. We offer one day, weekend and three day workshops in basketry and sculpture. We use Black Maul willow grown by Steven Pearce and home grown willows from King’s Cliffe. Lap boards are provided for all basketmaking classes. Tools are provided. Workshops are suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced students. For more details go to the website www.suekirkwillowbaskets.co.uk or the facebook page Sue Kirk Willow Baskets.
I also provide a range of workshops for schools, colleges and private groups. I am happy to discuss workshop ideas with the customer and design the day around their requirements.